Film Micrœview #37: The Trial (1962)

12.29.2013 § Leave a comment

This moment was actually kind of a departure from the general cinematography, but a beautiful one. In a film mostly constituted by long, moving shots of urban alienating repetitive surroundings, here we have three characters in this pregnantly awkward personal space invasion clustering.

This moment was actually kind of a departure from the general cinematography, but a beautiful one. In a film mostly constituted by long, moving shots of urban alienating repetitive surroundings, here we have three characters in this pregnantly awkward personal space invasion clustering.

Rating: Good.

Orson Welles’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial makes me want to re-read the book. The absurdity of the proceedings was brought to life for me on the screen in a way that on the page maybe was buried to me. Beautiful lighting, composition, and editing make for a wonderfully filmic experience. I felt like my attention and senses of order and humanity were being broken down bit by bit. Having just read Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons between Joseph K’s story and that of Toru Okada.

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