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The Trial

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A man is accused and made to stand trial for something, but what?

Predicting the Holocaust and more, Franz Kafka’s 1925 novel sees a clerk discover he’s accused of... something.

The harder he tries to understand what, the deeper he loses himself in a bureaucratic nightmare.

It was perfect for Orson Welles, whose baroque adap (starring Anthony Perkins) is a spectacle of extraordinary images: corridors leading to more corridors, a room of desks stretching to eternity, Welles himself as the cigarchomping Advocate.

It’s shadowed with the fatalistic poignancy of the filmmaker’s own endless struggle.

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