“Anthony Perkins’ Josef K. realizes he is under arrest for an unspecified crime; he enters a nondescript door, and an immense crowd rises to its feet; two detectives beat a third in a tiny room lit by a single, swinging bulb; and in a gigantic office the desks stretch on, and on… The victim of a nightmarish, dystopian scenario, K ultimately begins doubting his own innocence. With Jeanne Moreau as a sullen nightclub entertainer, Romy Schneider as a web-fingered, eager-to-please ‘nurse,’ a band of feral nymphettes, and Alexander Alexeïeff’s hypnotic ‘pinscreen animation’ prologue.
Welles’ view of Kafka’s classic of meaningless persecution changes the ending and rearranges the plot, but remains faithful to the incidents within those parameters; while stylistically attaining some of the most baroque effects of Welles’ career, cutting from Stalinist apartment blocks in Zagreb (including 800 typists in a single room) to the seemingly endless nooks, crannies, and cavernous vaults of the vast deserted Gare d’Orsay in Paris, while Albinoni’s Adagio for Organ and Strings plays both forwards and backwards on the soundtrack. A uniquely personal work (Welles dubbed 11 of the characters himself), this was his first film since Citizen Kane to be released as he intended.
Restored in 4K by STUDIOCANAL and the Cinémathèque Française. The image and sound restorations were carried out in 4K at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory from the original 35mm negative.” -Rialto Pictures