The Trial (1962): Cinematheque / The Falafel Cafe

The Trial is the best film I have ever made,” said Orson Welles about his virtuosic, visually-stunning adaptation of Kafka’s nightmarish classic. Tony Perkins plays the young bank clerk Joseph K., who is arrested one day on unspecified charges and becomes entrapped in a labyrinthine justice system while trying to learn what he did wrong. Welles and Jeanne Moreau co-star in this chilling, expressionistic classic.

7:00 EATS

The Falafel Cafe is a great place to grab some Mediterranean food, especially if your tastes lean towards the Vegetarian or Vegan Lifestyle.  It is about a 5 minute walk from the Cleveland Cinematheque.

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

  • Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • Bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.

8:35 MOVIE

Meet near the entrance door to the theater 10 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward near the theater door.

AFTER MOVIE DISCUSSION

It'll be after 10pm when the movie ends, but we could adjourn to a local establishment if some people wish to.

DESCRIPTION


The Trial is a 1962 film directed by Orson Welles, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Franz Kafka. Welles stated in a 1962 interview with the BBC that "The Trial is the best film I have ever made."The film begins with Welles narrating Kafka's parable "Before the Law" to pinscreen scenes created by the artist Alexandre Alexeieff. Anthony Perkins stars as Josef K., a bureaucrat who is accused of a never-specified crime, and Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, and Elsa Martinelli play women who become involved in various ways in Josef's trial and life. Welles plays the Advocate, Josef's lawyer and the film's principal antagonist. The Trial was filmed in Europe and has been praised for its creative set designs and cinematography, especially Welles's uses of unique angles and focus

REVIEW

Today, the film enjoys enthused reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with 88% of critics awarding the film a positive review. Prolific film critic, Roger Ebert, called the film "an exuberant use of camera placement and movement and inventive lighting," awarding it four out of a possible four stars

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CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights
http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AAGYU

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295. http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/showtimes.asp?ptID=AACAP

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd. http://www.cia.edu/extended_film_schedule/

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd. http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films.aspx

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City. http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

 

NOTE TO FIRST TIME GOERS
If this is your first movie with the group, there is no fee to attend.

This group has been successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow independent movie goers. We don't always know where to look for you, especially first timers.  Consider posting your picture and printing out the pictures of the attendees to help find everyone easier.

We have multiple meeting places:

  • Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 5-10 minutes before the movie starts
  • By the entrance door or ticket office after the movie
  • Reserved table at the restaurant under the name "Movie Group"

We don't always sit together in the movie theater but if you see a bunch of people talking about good movies they have seen, it is probably us. Please join in. We are always happy to get new people involved.

NOTE TO ALL
In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Carol P.

    Really Beautiful film, Really Bizarre too! The ending with Mr. Welles stating: and I, I played the Advocate and I am Orson Welles, was simply grand.

    November 16, 2012

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