The Transitional Orson Welles: Late Works and Adaptations

Old and fat, with Citizen Kane behind him and those humiliating Gallo commercials looming in the near future, Orson Welles could hardly get a movie made during the 1960s. Not in the U.S., at any rate, so he went abroad to direct the three films featured in this three-weekend series (through Aug. 17), “The Transitional Orson Welles: Late Works and Adaptations.” First up, before tackling Shakespeare and Isak Dinesen, is Kafka’s The Trial (1962). Anthony Perkins plays the hapless Josef K, who’s being subject to an absurd prosecution for God-knows-what. Welles himself plays a shiftless lawyer in the courtroom farce (actually filmed in Paris’ cavernous, empty Gare d’Orsay train station), while Jeanne Moreau and Romy Schneider sashay about to tempt Perkins into further transgressions. See www.nwfilmforum.org for the full series schedule and details. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380. $10–$15 (series), $5–$8.50 (individual). 7 and 9:15 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Aug. 1-3, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 2008

 
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