Edition no. 1191
A feverishly inspired take on Franz Kafka’s novel, Orson Welles’s The Trial casts Anthony Perkins as the bewildered office drone Josef K., whose arrest for an unspecified crime plunges him into a menacing bureaucratic labyrinth of guilt, corruption, and paranoia. Exiled from Hollywood and creatively unchained, Welles poured his ire at the studio system, McCarthyism, and all forms of totalitarian oppression into this cinematic statement—one of his boldest and most personal, and the film that he himself considered his greatest. Dizzying camera angles, expressionistic lighting, increasingly surreal locations—Welles unleashed the full force of his visual brilliance to convey the nightmarish disorientation of a world gone mad.
- New audio commentary featuring film historian Joseph McBride
- Filming "The Trial", a 1981 documentary about the film’s production
- 1972 Episode of the French television program Vive le cinéma featuring a conversation between Jeanne Moreau and Orson Welles
- Archival interview with director of photography Edmond Richard
- An essay by author Jonathan Lethem