The Trial plays with the confusion and alienation of its main character (Anthony Perkins) too well. It’s so effective that the viewer is confused and alienated almost to the point of disengaging. But what keeps you there, connected with the film, is the artistic eye of the director Orson Welles. From long takes to quick-cutting mood-building sequences, each shot is crafted with an eye of an architect.
The Philadelphia Cinefest started a few days ago. This year I did not purchase a pass, and only managed to see four films.
Fantastic Planet opens with a shocking scene of the tables turned on humanity. A woman, half-naked and terrified, carrying a baby, runs from unseen enemies. At every turn giant hands push her and torment her while she tries to get to safety.