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Filming 'The Trial' (1981)

After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions.


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After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions.

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Welles claims that Michael Salkind produced the G.W. Pabst version of 'Don Quixote' (1933), which he calls 'Don Quixote of Chaliapin' (because Feodor Chaliapin was the star). In fact, Michael and his son Alexander worked for many years to produce a film of the Bruno Franks novel "A Man Called Cervantes" with King Vidor as director. That partnership dissolved and Vincent Sherman eventually directed the project in 1967 under the title, 'Cervantes' (aka; 'Young Rebel'); five years *after* Welles story of meeting the Salkinds took place. It is entirely probable that the Salkinds discussed their ongoing Cervantes project with Welles in the early 60s, but by 1981 Orson has conflated that story with the Pabst 'Don Quixote' film, as the Salkinds actually had nothing to do with the production of the 1933 film. See more »


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3 November 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Filming 'The Trial' (1981)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This "documentary" is actually a Q&A session that was done with Orson Welles after a screening of THE TRIAL at USC. Film students get the terrific opportunity to ask Welles about the movie and hear his thoughts on a wide range of subjects.

You know, getting to hear a master like Welles talk about his film in so many details is something truly great to hear. At the same time, it's kind of sad to see him having to make movies like this because he couldn't getting funding for the projects he would have wanted to do. Which is kind of funny because one person asks Welles about his various unreleased projects like THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (still not fully completed as I write this) and DON QUIXOTE (partially completed with controversy).

As far as FILMING 'THE TRIAL' goes, this is certainly a must-see if you're a fan of the film or of Welles because he gets to talk about some interesting subjects including funding for movies, various decisions that he made in regards to the look and style of THE TRIAL and he even talks about the negative reviews Anthony Perkins got and why he blames himself for it.

There are some annoying moments in the film including questions having to be asked several times because Welles can't hear them. The film is certainly rather raw as there's just a camera in the crowd that goes back and forth between the people and Welles. Still, it's a master getting to talk about movies and as we know Welles was one of the most amusing and entertaining people to listen to.

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