The Trial Movie Vs Book

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The book “The Trial” By Franz Kafka was published in 1925 and in 1962 Orson Welles converted it into a film by the same name. They both convey a similar theme of the abuse of power, and corruption of justice and judgement. They both follow a similar story line, but there are a few key differences Welles includes in his film version of the book that I think set it apart and makes the film a better work, especially when looking back on the time it was produced. The film gives a different feel about the court then the book does, it makes it feel more overpowering and ominous. It sets Josef K apart from the crowd more and makes him seem like more of an outsider, and it makes a bigger statement about the times when Orson made it. There are also…show more content…
One example of this is during the couple of scenes in the bank where K works. Everyone in the bank is just sitting at a desk typing on a type writer, while K is walking around and at one point yelling, and this exaggerated the view of him as an outsider to the rest of the group. Even his desk is set higher then the rest to show he is a man of importance and not the average guy. I think this does a good job at conveying the meaning of the work because in the movie we can’t hear what K is thinking, and this makes up for it by setting him apart from the crowd more. Another thing thats exaggerated in the movie is his resistance to the court system. I think the biggest example of this is the ending scene where he learns he has been found guilty and is executed. In the book, when he is lead to the quarry he can tell that the guards want him to kill himself instead of having them do it, but in one final act of rebellion he refuses to and makes them do it. The issue with doing this in the movie is that no words are spoken in this scene, so Welles had to adapt it to show his rebellion to a greater degree to get the point across. Instead of using this scene, Welles creates a scene where the guards through explosives in the quarry with K and he is killed by the explosion. Welles shows the rebellion in this scene because up until the point that K is killed he is yelling at the guards who have to murder him. This makes K seem like a more extreme character, but it doesn't actually change the meaning of the work as a whole because it just makes K a more rebellious character then we would have seen in the book. The meaning of the injustice of the bureaucracy and the individuality K rebels to hold is still shown in these changes, if anything it is shown better and more
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