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July 20, 2022

The Trial by Orson Welles

The Trial by Orson Welles

These famous court case movies can be quite inspirational, whether you're a lawyer a student, or a history buff

The Trial
"The Trial is the best film I have ever made." - Stated Orson Welles, immediately after completing the production. The film was acclaimed by Roger Ebert, who gave it four stars, and proclaimed it a "masterpiece".

The Trial, stars Anthony Perkins and was directed by Orson Welles. This film tells the story of Josef K, a man arrested one morning and put on trial for crimes he didn't commit. This is a condition we American film-lovers consider the greatest of societal sins. 

"That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer" - a quote attributed to Ben Franklin, could best encapsulate why our justice system is like a day at the beach when compared to other, even economically developed, nations. 

The Trial is based on the novel by Franz Kafka, which shares the title. The gist of the story centers on the dark happenings of hearsay and impure justice systems which operate without the presumption of innocence.

When a typical decent-person gets caught up in the legal system, it's like living a nightmare where overworked, potentially incompetent, possibly wicked individuals bat your future around without accountability, like it was a cat-toy. 

The Trial successfully illustrates the horror associated with lack of recourse in a compromised system.