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Very Negative Premise but has many facets.
- DON RILEY
I just have the feeling this is all about cataclysm. The end of humanity coming about because of two factions destroying each other without ever knowing any good reason, why ? That seems to be the big picture. There are dozens of enigmatic elements along with it. Emotional elements terror, restriction of thoughts, persecution, apathy, insanity, mental torment. Personally I find this to be too negative and the vision is far too depressing to be taken seriously. You'd be much better served to watch a sunrise.
Orson Welles' trilogy
- Will Fox
Director Orson Welles' brilliant, film trilogy focuses on the abuses of power: 1) "Citizen Kane" (1941, embodiment of an arrogant media mogul presuming power to start war with Spain (the Philippines and Cuba) with bumper-strip-short clichs, headline rationalizations, i.e. "Remember the Maine." Epilogue: Excessive pride concludes his deluded life.) 2) "The Trial" (1962, personification of a politically appointed, not elected judge that unilaterally presides over the arrest, prosecution/persecution and execution of a man that never knows what was his alleged crime.) And 3) "Touch of Evil" (1958, corrupt cop Captain investigates crimes, jumps to judgment, plants evidence, frames victims, contrives convictions). All three Welles' directed films highly recommended.
This movie is like the Salvador Dali in film. Crazy but good
Justice Under Totalitarianism
- Will Fox
Franz Kafka's nightmarish novel is about cryptic justice under bureaucratic socialism. There justice is delayed and denied until co-conspirators, court cronies can create graft, power peddling influence. Justice depends on who you know, who you might entice to influence an obscure authority. Forget about The Rule of Law. Forget about Equal Justice for All. The Trial shows what happens when a mid-management bureaucrat, over hundreds of people, loses favor with powerful, unseen and unseeable authority figures. Confusion and uncertainty overwhelm his life. Soon Joseph K, embodying an Orwellian victim (merely a symbolic statistic) sees the huddled masses, in scene after scene, silently awaiting their fates, intimidated by unpredictable, arbitrary authorities.Socialists crave connections, power and control of others. Some socialists suffer. They lack political connections and control over others. Most power cravers make others suffer from their fatal conceit, presuming their superiority over others. Their conceit fails, because Socialists do not know what they do not know. The world is dynamic. No human is omniscient. All-knowing all the time is impossible. This is why Socialists' centralized, Command Economies fail again and again. Socialists do not know what they do not know. This movie shows Socialism fatal conceit. Communism crushes humans' hope.
Excellent movie. I can't wait to see it again. It was so well directed. It was very much like a nightmare that wouldn't end. It had every element of a dream. I need to rewatch so I can explain what I mean by that. It literally felt like walking into a dream. I've never seen anything like it. It's very unique and it's fascinating from beginning to end. This movie is a literal work of art. Orson Wells was a genius.
- r n ferguson
This movie is an allegory for what happens to many of us in life. In high school, we are ostracized from The Clique, merely because those in the clique want to be included, and they wish to exclude others to maintain their position.At work, if we are different, or better, than those who maintain the Status Quo, we are shunned, framed, or manipulated by those around us--behind our backs. A trial is no different, and, of course, there are many white men in prison for crimes they have never committed--condemned because it was convenient to condemn them, and because no one else appeared to take the blame.It is also an allegory for all the random murders and deaths of innocents who live in the line of purposeful fire in barbaric societies, babies thrown off cliffs in the Incan hills, women and children killed by gunfire, people 'selected' to die for any made-up reason--imaginary witchcraft, disfigurement, differences of opinion, religion, habits.It is an allegory for the happenstance of life: perhaps you will live to get your music out, and perhaps you won't.
Less Would Have Been More
- disinterested spectator
There is so much craziness going on in this movie that the basic idea of a man being arrested and tried for an unnamed crime gets lost. It would have been more effective if the characters in the movie otherwise appeared to be normal, and if it had been a shorter film.
Overall-4/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-5/5Score-4/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-5/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
I had a chance to see this movie when it was shown on TCM in 2007.I was totally blown away by this movie.It's one of those movies that if you miss a few minutes of it you won't have a clue what is happening.I think Perkins is great.I think his greatest performance outside of course Pyscho.I see why Welles called it his personal best.I would have loved to have seen this movie on a big movie screen.The way it was shot, the direction and mapped is stunning to me.The scene seemed to go on forever.The way Tony Perkins seems to normal is a basically confusing world is outstanding.The way one scene melts into another and another and another is mind blowing.It's not an easy movie to explain but it's truly a masterpiece.
The scenes were so bizarre that they appeared to be taking place in a dream. I tuned in shortly after the film began so I wasn't sure that I had not missed an important part that would have explained the weird circumstances. After reading the Full synopsis, I realize it wouldn't have made a difference. Strange movie but fascinating! I wanted to shake everybody who "knew" the facts but wouldn't tell him!! Hahaha.
Welles' personal best.