The Trial

by Lynn 27. September 2010 14:58


Any Franz Kafka fans out there?  Did you know Kafka was a lawyer? 

According to Wikipedia, Kafka obtained the degree of Doctor of Law in 1906 and performed an obligatory year of unpaid service as law clerk for the civil and criminal courts.  He then worked at an insurance firm handling claims for work related injuries.  In his free time Kafka wrote, and in 1925 one of his best-known novels, The Trial, was published.

 Many have tried to interpret the symbolism of Kafka’s story with ideas ranging from Kant’s Philosophy of Law and the Austrian legal code, to man’s fight against authority and evil.  One particularly interesting interpretation is Orson Welles’ 1962 nightmarish film The Trial, starring Anthony Perkins as the tortured main character Josef K. and Orson Welles as his law advocate.  Some say this is the worst movie ever made by Orson Welles, yet ironically in his 1962 BBC interview with Huw Wheldon, Welles states, “say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I have ever made.” A remake of the film was also done in 1998 starring Kyle MacLachlan, Anthony Hopkins and Jason Robards.

So, you be the judge …..come into the Law Library and check out The Trial by Franz Kafka -in book or DVD format.
PT2621.A26 P713 1998 Book
PN1997 .T75 1962         DVD
PN1997 .T7421 1998    DVD

The eBook can also be downloaded for free to your eBook reader or mobile phone from Project Gutenberg’s digital library.

Watch the bizarre court scene from Orson Welles’ movie on YouTube:

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