Dir. Orson Welles
1962, France, West Germany, Italy, 119 min
Josef K. (Anthony Perkins) is accused of an unspecified crime and shambles through a series of bizarre encounters in an attempt to clear his name in the face of a hellish bureaucracy.
Restored in 4K by Studiocanal and the Cinémathèque Française, with the support of Chanel, from the original 35mm negative at L’image Retrouvée.
Above all a visual achievement, an exuberant use of camera placement and movement and inventive lighting.
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The blackest of Welles’ comedies, an apocalyptic version of Kafka that renders the grisly farce of K’s labyrinthine entrapment in the mechanisms of guilt and responsibility as the most fragmented of expressionist films noirs.
– Paul Taylor, Time Out London