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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on 'The Trial,' Which Orson Welles Called "the greatest film I ever made"

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2013 at 10:59AM

Orson Welles Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles' 1962 mindbender "The Trial," starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider and the director himself.
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Jeanne Moreau and Anthony Perkins in "The Trial"
Jeanne Moreau and Anthony Perkins in "The Trial"

Orson Welles Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Welles' 1962 mindbender "The Trial," starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider and the director himself.

Franz Kafka's 1925 novel about an office clerk who is arrested for a crime that is never revealed to him becomes a nightmarish black comedy in Orson Welles' memorable adaptation. Baroque, surreal and graphically striking, it plays like a two hour dream sequence. Essential Welles. The full film can be seen in okay quality here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.