Joseph K wakes up one morning because a policeman enters his room unexpectedly. K assumes that Miss Burstner (Jeanne Moreau, who has one scene in the whole movie) has entered and calls out her name; the inspector asks him if he was expecting Burstner. No? Than why did you call out her name? Well, answers K, you came in from her room; how was I supposed to know that you were a policeman and not Miss Burstner? Answers the policeman, does Miss Burstner normally enter your room in the middle of the night? And so the conversation goes on for 5 or 10 minutes.
If you don't find that funny, you might not want to watch this movie. The Trial is an ultra-dark comedy about guilt, neuroticism, and other hilarious topics normally only addressed by Woody Allen. The dialogue is mostly absurdist and vague. Welles himself considered it a comedy (and also noted, "Say what you will, but The Trial is the best film I have ever made." Peter Bogdanovich, his friend and interviewer, disagreed; it was the one Welles film he did not enjoy).
Obviously, this is an allegory of something or other: it might be about buearocracy, or a man awakening to his environment and rejecting everything in it, or it might be a treatise on the nature of The Law. Anything your little heart desires. Oblique and puzzling, it's a delirious cinematic blast (Andrew Sarris described it as a hallucination); technique, yes, but also a plot and characters of interest which, in my mind, seperates it from Citizen Kane. Hilarious, compelling, and unsettling, it's an absolute must-see. Of course, not much actually happens; but we learn everything we could ever want to know about K's environment. What you do with this information is up to you.
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