- 1. WHEN BY CHANCE ~ OR MISFORTUNE ~
- 2. Before the law
- 3. there stands a guard.
- 4. A man comes from the country.
- 5. Begging admittance to the law.
- 6. But the guard cannot admit him.
- 7. "Can he hope to enter at a later time?"
- 8. "That is possible", says the guard.
- 9. The man tries to peer
through the entrance.
- 10. He had been taught that the law
should be accessible to every man.
- 11. "Do not attempt to enter without
my permission" says the guard.
- 12. "I am very powerful,
yet I am the least of all the guards.
- 13. "From hall to hall,
- 14. "door after door,
- 15. "each guard is more powerful
than the last."
- 16. By the guard's permission the man
sits down by the side of the door
- 17. and there he waits.
- 18. For years
- 19. he waits.
- 20. Everything he has
he gives away...
- 21. in the hope of bribing the guard
- 22. who never fails to say to him,
"I take what you give me...
- 23. only so that you will not feel that
you have left something undone."
- 24. Keeping his watch during the long years
- 25. the man has learnt to
know even the fleas
- 26. and the guard's fur collar.
- 27. And growing childish in old age
- 28. he begged the vilid fleas to persuade
the guard to change his mind
- 29. and allow him to enter.
- 30. His sight is dimmed but in the
darkness he perceives a radiance
- 31. streaming immortally
from the door of the law.
- 32. And now
- 33. before he dies...
- 34. all his experience condenses
into one question,
- 35. a question he has never asked.
- 36. He beckons to the guard.
- 37. Says the guard, "You are insatiable,
what is it now?"
- 38. Says the man, "Every man...
- 39. "strives to attain the law.
- 40. "How is it then...
- 41. "that in all these years no one
else has ever come here...
- 42. "seeking admittance?"
- 43. His hearing has failed,
so the guard yells into his ear
- 44. "No one else but you could have
ever of obtained admittance.
- 45. "No one else could enter this door...
- 46. "this door
- 47. "was intended
- 48. "only for you.
- 49. "And now...
- 50. "I'm going to close it."
- 51. This tale is told during
the story called The Trial.
- 52. It has been said that the
logic of this story...
- 53. is the logic of a dream
- 54. and a nightmare.
- 55. Miss Burstner?
- 56. You were expecting Miss Burstner?
- 57. Why no... No, what an
idea, of course not.
- 58. You spoke here name just now.
- 59. When?
- 60. When I came in, you addressed
me as Miss Burstner.
- 61. Well that's her room
you know uh...
- 62. What are you doing in there?
Well, who are you?
- 63. What are you doing in here?
- 64. Miss Burstner frequently comes through
that door in the middle of the night?
- 65. Frequently? No! Never. Never!
- 66. That door is kept permanently locked.
Mrs. Grubach keeps the key.
- 67. Just ask her.
- 68. Where is she?
Does she know about you?
- 69. Mrs. Grubach.
- 70. You were expecting Mrs. Grubach?
- 71. No, no I'm...
- 72. Not expecting anybody,
least of all you,
- 73. whoever the hell you are.
- 74. Where you going?
- 75. Well I...
- 76. think that Mrs. Grubach would like
to know that there are...
- 77. strange people wandering around her
apartment in the middle of the night.
- 78. You were starting in that direction
that's Mrs. Burstner's room.
- 79. - Isn't that what you told me?
- Yes it is and...
- 80. I would very much like to know
what's going on in there.
- 81. She isn't there now
- 82. Well that's not so
very surprising. She...
- 83. She gets in late sometimes,
very late. Very late indeed.
- 84. You are the police?
- 85. - She gets in very late?
- Look, don't go jumping to conclusions.
- 86. - What conclusions?
- Well the hours...
- 87. they keep in her nightclub
are no fault of Mrs. Burstner's.
- 88. Look, she'll be home any minute now
and I'm sure she'll be able to answer...
- 89. your questions for herself.
- 90. You are the police?
- 91. What makes you think we want
to ask questions of her?
- 92. Well I have no opinion
of it one way or another.
- 93. It's nothing to do with me,
I scarcely know this person.
- 94. Of course we are fellow lodgers...
- 95. but that's obvious.
- 96. Is she in some kind of trouble?
- 97. What kind of trouble?
- 98. Do you imagine we came
here to see Mrs. Burstner?
- 99. Well you certainly didn't
come here to see me.
- 100. Did you?
- 101. Well listen you don't deny anything
or affirm anything. You just
- 102. stand there and stare at me in the
middle of my private bedroom at...
- 103. 6:14 in the morning.
- 104. I don't see why I should
put up with it.
- 105. You haven't even identified yourself
or show me your papers.
- 106. - Isn't that for you to do?
- Oh no, my papers, excuse me,
- 107. my papers are in perfect order.
- 108. Here, see for yourself.
- 109. Why don't you finish getting dressed?
- 110. For your information
I am a man of...
- 111. regular habits and getting dressed
at 6:15 in the morning doesn't
- 112. happen to be one of them.
- 113. Still, I don't suppose there is any
hope of getting any more sleep.
- 114. Where are you going?
- 115. I take a bath in the morning
if you must know.
- 116. Why?
- 117. If you were reluctant to
dress in front of me...
- 118. And I dress in the bathroom.
- 119. Huh?
- 120. Yes.
- 121. Why?
- 122. Well it's warm in the bathroom...
- 123. and it's cold in the hall.
Any more questions?
- 124. Why would you want
to dress in the hall?
- 125. Stay here.
- 126. Why would you want to get
dressed out in the hall?
- 127. I don't. I don't...
- 128. but...
- 129. If I did not get dressed in the bathroom
after I finished my bath, I'd be...
- 130. obliged to walk down the drafty hall,
in my silk dressing room
- 131. right after getting, after...
- 132. out of a warm tub.
- 133. I hope you understand.
- 134. - You said you wanted to get dressed in the hall.
- No, no.
- 135. - Did you?
- 136. Okay, have it your way mister.
- 137. But what do you want to get all
dressed up for anyway?
- 138. You're not going nowhere,
you're under arrest.
- 139. You're making a formal charge?
- 140. Oh, I couldn't do that, mister.
- 141. Just exactly what is it
I'm charged with?
- 142. You'll have to take that
up with the inspector.
- 143. - Proceedings having been...
- That was the inspector who just left.
- 144. you until called for interrogation.
- 145. You were retired to your room.
- 146. - I'm in my room.
- 147. - I'm in my room.
- I can't help that, mister.
- 148. You got a lot of real
nice shirts here, mister.
- 149. - Leave those shirts alone.
- Know something?
- 150. You do a whole lot better
givin' them things to us.
- 151. After they're impounded officially and
carted off to headquarters you won't
- 152. know what happens to them shirts.
- 153. There's every kind of crook and
bribery in them public auctions.
- 154. - Now we're your friends
- Sure we are you...
- 155. oughta give us some of
them shirts at least.
- 156. Well it could be a joke, I suppose.
- 157. Elaborate practical joke by some
of my friends in the office.
- 158. They're in there.
- 159. Who's in there?
- 160. You're from my office.
- 161. Who brought you here?
- 162. The police?
- 163. These clerks from my office,
- 164. what do they got to do with it?
- 165. Rebenstein, Culy y Caminer right?
- 166. What's this?
- 167. That's her mother she
was in the profession.
- 168. - Leave her things alone.
- 169. You especially.
- 170. Rebenstein, what are
you doing here?
- 171. The inspector said he thought it
would be sorta more unabusive if
- 172. they went with you to the
office so nobody would notice
- 173. Unobtrusive is the word you're
looking for not unabusive.
- 174. How can I got to the office
if I'm under arrest?
- 175. That don't need to keep you
from working, not at this stage.
- 176. He...
- 177. - He said I have to stay in my room.
- He was reading the wrong page.
- 178. Well this obviously isn't anything
of any importance.
- 179. Quite honestly, I can't remember...
- 180. a single offence that could
be charged against me.
- 181. It's obviously a mistake,
something very trivial.
- 182. What the real question is...
- 183. who accuses me?
- 184. - Well...
- What do you mean?
- 185. - What authority...
- Don't you worry about that mister.
- 186. I'm sorry to disappoint you but...
- 187. I'm afraid you won't find any
subversive literature or pornography.
- 188. Don't touch those record albums.
- 189. What's this thing?
- 190. That's my pornograph.
- 191. - ... my phonograph
- What's this?
- 192. What's what?
- 193. A circular line with four holes.
- 194. - Circular.
- No, it's not
- 195. really circular
it's more ovular.
- 196. Don't write that down
for god's sake.
- 197. - Why not?
- 198. We can't not write it down just
because you say we shouldn't.
- 199. Ovular isn't even a word.
- 200. You deny that there is
an ovular shape...
- 201. concealed under this rug?
- 202. He denies everything.
- 203. Mrs. Grubach's husband
was a dentist.
- 204. Oh, there she is now.
Mrs. Grubach? Mrs. Grubach?
- 205. This was Dr. Grubach's office.
- 206. That don't matter she
can't come in here.
- 207. That dental chair was screwed to
these four places in the floor.
- 208. You want some good
- 209. Well...
- 210. I wouldn't want the others
to hear about it.
- 211. Oh now you want money I suppose.
- 212. Well you've got the wrong man.
- 213. That's what they all say.
- 214. I mean bribery, I don't
happen to believe in it.
- 215. No, wait a minute have I asked you
to give me anything sir? Mister?
- 216. - We're leaving mister.
- You not gonna be...
- 217. one of them troublemakers,
now are you?
- 218. - Mrs. Grubach.
- Good morning Mr. K.
- 219. I've got your breakfast ready.
- 220. Listen, mam, I wish
you'd tell him...
- 221. he really doesn't think
that he's guilty,
- 222. and he should keep it to himself,
you see what I mean?
- 223. In this stage of the game this kinda
thing makes a very lousy impression.
- 224. I'm afraid I owe you an
apology, Mrs. Grubach.
- 225. Oh no, Mr. K.
- 226. This is not gonna happen again,
I can promise you that.
- 227. A lot of things happen
in this world, Mr. K.
- 228. Yes.
- 229. You're my most
valued lodger, Mr. K.
- 230. I think I owe it
to you to be frank.
- 231. - Yes, by all means.
- You're all good I'm thinking of...
- 232. and I really have that at heart,
- 233. perhaps more than I should.
After all I'm only your landlady.
- 234. Well, I managed to have a few
words alone with that inspector.
- 235. And?
- 236. It seems you are
under arrest, Mr. K.
- 237. Yes, I know that.
- 238. But not the way a thief's
put under arrest.
- 239. - No.
- 240. No, with your arrest...
- 241. I get the feeling of something abstract,
if you see what I mean?
- 242. It's so abstract I can't even
consider that it applies to me.
- 243. Of course not, Mr. K.
- 244. Aren't you going to eat something?
- 245. Two men coming into my room the way
they did, well I simply wasn't prepared.
- 246. Now in the office, for instance,
I'm always prepared.
- 247. You can't just crash in on me there,
I should say not. People sometimes
- 248. have to wait for weeks before they can
even get in to where they can speak,
- 249. and my secretary...
- 250. No, my mistake
- 251. was letting them start in on me
before I even have a cup of coffee.
- 252. Coffee is always ready
on the stove, Mr. K.
- 253. I keep it there
for Miss Burstner.
- 254. When she gets in from work,
such ungodly hours she keeps.
- 255. - Well, that's her profession.
- I suppose so.
- 256. The hours they keep in that nightclub
are no fault of Miss Burstner's.
- 257. Perhaps not. Do you think I ought
to offer those men some coffee?
- 258. What men?
- 259. The ones from your office,
they're still in there.
- 260. In Mrs. Burstner's bedroom?
- 261. My God I thought you'd left.
- 262. What are you doing here?
- 263. Culy, Caminar...
- 264. Rebenstein.
- 265. Put those pictures back
where you found them.
- 266. - Here's some coffee for the gentlemen.
- No, Mrs. Grubach...
- 267. these people are not
friends of mine.
- 268. They came with the police and they
should have left with the police.
- 269. Please be good enough to
show them to the door.
- 270. Yes, Mr. K. This way, gentlemen.
- 271. What are you anyway, informers?
- 272. What do you have to inform about?
- 273. And you're still here.
- 274. You're attracting attention, Mr. K.
- 275. Attracting attention...
- 276. I'd appreciate the return of my
identification papers, please.
- 277. You seriously think that we
don't know who you are.
- 278. Really, Mr. K. you're not doing
your case any good you know.
- 279. Exactly what is this case
you've been talking about?
- 280. I'm not talking about it.
- 281. Well why not?
Why don't you talk about it?
- 282. What am I charged with?
- 283. Not for me to talk
about your case.
- 284. Inspector...
- 285. Yes?
- 286. What's the charge?
- 287. Mr. K, you aren't claiming
innocence are you?
- 288. Naturally...
- 289. I'm also claiming invasion of privacy
and rank abuse of basic civil rights.
- 290. - Hold on not quite so fast...
- Oh, I don't pretend to know
- 291. the legal terminology but I can get a
lawyer to help me out about that.
- 292. It also happens that a very
well known advocate
- 293. is a close personal friend
of the family's.
- 294. You aren't threatening to register
an official complaint are you?
- 295. Yes. I am, I am and
I might also mention
- 296. a rather clumsy attempt
to work me for a bribe.
- 297. There she comes,
your friend, Mrs. Burstner.
- 298. Yes, well she's not
exactly my friend.
- 299. Not that it's any
business of yours.
- 300. Are you going to stay
here all morning?
- 301. What do we do now
- 302. We can do that at the station.
- 303. Station?
- 304. Where else could you register
an official complaint?
- 305. Oh well, we can
forget about that...
- 306. It's on the record.
- 307. You did use the word
- 308. No, that was your word.
- 309. What's this? What's this
- 310. Oh, don't try to make
anything out of that.
- 311. No?
- 312. Not unless you
have a dirty mind.
- 313. - Excuse me
- No, no you stay, Mrs. Grubach.
- 314. None of this is going to show up
very well on the record, Mr. K.
- 315. My men say you even tried to
stop them from putting this down.
- 316. Well, I tried to stop one of them
from making a fool of himself
- 317. - Yes. Yes, ovular.
- What's that?
- 318. Ovular.
- 319. There is no such word.
- 320. "Mrs. Grubach's husband
was a dentist."
- 321. Now what's that got to
do with you case?
- 322. I never said that it did.
- 323. Then why mention such a thing?
- 324. Simply by way of explaining
that ovular shape.
- 325. "Ovular shape."
- 326. You go on solemnly
writing it all down.
- 327. There has to be a
record, doesn't there?
- 328. But this foolish babbling
- 329. It's not going to make
much of an impression,
- 330. I can tell you that, Mr. K.
- 331. Won't look well at all.
- 332. Gibberish.
- 333. Babbling.
- 334. I'm glad he's gone.
- 335. I was worried he might
start on Miss Burstner.
- 336. - Oh she's on her way up.
- Later than ever.
- 337. Well let's hope she was safely away last
night before these men got into her room.
- 338. What time does she go to work?
- 339. I believe she had to be
dressed or undressed
- 340. for that first performance
- 341. Yeah, the supper show.
- 342. Well I don't know
what they call it.
- 343. The supper show.
- 344. I'm sure I wouldn't know.
- 345. Well that's what they call it.
- 346. I've never been inside one
of those places in my life.
- 347. Indeed, you may have wondered why
I continue to rent my second best room
- 348. to a woman of that sort.
- 349. - What do you mean?
- What? Theatricals, Mr. K.
- 350. This isn't really the place for
them as I'm sure you'll agree.
- 351. You see I didn't know?
She came with her mother...
- 352. perfectly respectable woman,
or so she seemed.
- 353. And when she died
- 354. well, I...
- 355. I'm always...
- 356. too softhearted for my own good.
- 357. - Mrs. Grubach?
- 358. - What are you trying to say?
- 359. I get the impression that you're heading
in something concerning Miss Burstner.
- 360. Well since you asked, Mr. K.,
She not only performs in that place...
- 361. but sits drinking
afterwards with men.
- 362. What I asked, Mrs. Grubach,
- 363. was whether or not you were casting
aspersions on the moral character
- 364. of one of your own lodgers.
- 365. Oh. Mr. K., you shouldn't
put it that way.
- 366. Goodnight, Mrs. Grubach.
- 367. I wouldn't dream of
getting rid of...
- 368. You have to admit, Mr. K.,
it's in the interest of all my guests
- 369. to keep our house
completely beyond reproach.
- 370. Beyond reproach?
- 371. Mrs. Grubach, if you're going to start
throwing people out of this house
- 372. you'd better begin with me.
- 373. Goodnight, Mrs. Grubach.
- 374. You didn't understand.
- 375. Goodnight, Mrs. Grubach.
- 376. - Goodnight, Mr. K.
- 377. Miss Burstner?
- 378. Yes?
- 379. Good evening.
- 380. Or good morning, rather.
- 381. If you're stuck for something
to say try happy birthday.
- 382. Oh is it your birthday?
- 383. Is that why you're coming home
so much later than usual?
- 384. I didn't know you kept track
of my hours, Mister...
- 385. Well, I didn't mean that. Of course
it's none of my business what time
- 386. you come home at night.
It's nobody's business.
- 387. That's fine, goodnight.
- 388. Happy birthday!
- 389. Oh, oh, excuse me!
- 390. Excuse me!
- 391. No, no...
- 392. Yes?
- 393. Well that's what's I ought
to have done, naturally...
- 394. What?
- 395. What ought you to have done?
- 396. Well after I knocked,
- 397. waited for me to invite you
to come in, as you did.
- 398. Come in.
- 399. You're not getting any
funny ideas, are you?
- 400. Of course not.
- 401. Just because I knocked
on your door...
- 402. Well that's what I mean.
You did, didn't you?
- 403. So why don't you?
- 404. You're a nice boy,
but I'm not in the mood for it.
- 405. It's been a long, hard night.
- 406. Yes it has been.
- 407. What do you know about it?
- 408. I was talking about myself.
- 409. That's what they all do.
- 410. What else do they
ever talk about?
- 411. So give me a rest, will you.
- 412. Alright.
- 413. Alright what?
- 414. Well I'll do whatever
you say but...
- 415. if you don't want me to talk to
you and you won't come in...
- 416. How can I come in?
- 417. That old bag's just dying for
a chance to throw me out.
- 418. Mrs. Grubach?
- 419. Out of the house, she's
always got one ear open.
- 420. What's wrong?
- 421. I told you, I'm tired.
- 422. I'm sorry.
- 423. I forgot what I wanted to ask you.
- 424. Maybe it will come back to you.
- 425. Nothing ever comes back to me.
- 426. Big statement...
- 427. Shut up everybody.
- 428. I'm sorry.
- 429. You're sorry, you're sorry, you're sorry.
You always keep saying that.
- 430. Who gives a damn?
- 431. I know, I'm sor...
- 432. What's the big joke?
- 433. I'm almost said it again.
- 434. You're right of course,
you're perfectly right.
- 435. - Ya?
- Nobody gives a damn.
- 436. - I know you don't.
- I know...
- 437. Hey keep the door open, please!
- 438. I was agreeing with you.
- 439. Oh sure.
- 440. - What you just said.
- I don't know what I've just said.
- 441. Oh Jesus, all that lousy champagne.
- 442. You know what they
make it out of?
- 443. No.
- 444. Neither does anybody else.
- 445. No switching with the
cold tea either, not tonight.
- 446. The customer knew all about that one
he kept taking cute little sips
- 447. out of my glass just to make sure
I was getting myself putrefied.
- 448. I'm sorry.
- 449. Damn! There I go again.
- 450. It's never any use is it,
apologizing? It's even worse
- 451. when you haven't done anything
wrong and you still feel guilty.
- 452. I can remember my
father looking at me,
- 453. you know straight in the eye,
"Come on boy!" he'd say.
- 454. "Exactly what have
you been up to?"
- 455. And even when I hadn't been up to
anything at all I'd still feel guilty.
- 456. You know that feeling?
- 457. And the teacher at school
making the announcement
- 458. that something was
missing from her desk.
- 459. "Alright who's the guilty one?"
- 460. It was me of course.
- 461. I'd feel just sick with guilt.
- 462. And I didn't even
know what was missing.
- 463. Maybe... Yeah, that must be it.
- 464. Unless your thoughts
- 465. one-hundred percent.
- 466. Could that be said of anybody?
- 467. Even the saints have temptations.
- 468. What do you think?
- 469. I think you're crazy.
- 470. Maybe you're right. That
would certainly explain...
- 471. No, I must reject that. I must
reject every thing, but fact.
- 472. I am sane. I'm innocent.
- 473. - I have committed no crime.
- Three cheers for you.
- 474. - You don't believe me.
- Sure I believe you.
- 475. Well be honest,
what do you really think?
- 476. You've been out some place.
- 477. Drinking you mean?
Is that what you think?
- 478. That I've been out drinking
and I'm drunk?
- 479. Well next time you do come to my place
I get a percentage on every bottle.
- 480. Miss Burstner, I've not left this
apartment since I got back
- 481. from the office last night.
- 482. And I am not a solitary drinker.
- 483. Then what's your problem?
- 484. I'm under arrest.
- 485. Yeah?
- 486. Unbelievable isn't it?
- 487. - Well it happens.
- Well that's just the point...
- 488. I don't know how it happens.
- 489. - I haven't the remotest idea...
- How do you know you're arrested?
- 490. It isn't something that you just
suddenly notice like bleeding gums.
- 491. - They woke me up and told me.
- Are you sure you were awake?
- 492. Yeah, well if you think I was dreaming
just look at those photographs.
- 493. - That's my mother.
- 494. Different poses Burstner's
birds are real good at.
- 495. Let's leave my mother out of it,
do you mind?
- 496. - Of course.
- No offence.
- 497. - What did they get you for?
- Oh, I wouldn't say they got me.
- 498. They arrested you isn't
that what you told me?
- 499. That's what they told me.
- 500. - What's the charge?
- That's what they didn't tell me.
- 501. All I know is that I'm supposed to
appear before some kind of
- 502. interrogation commission,
that's all I know.
- 503. - That's only for serious crimes.
- That's what I thought!
- 504. Did they tell you that your
crime wasn't serious?
- 505. No they didn't say that.
- 506. Maybe it's a gag or something...
- 507. That thought occurred to me at first, you
know some of the fellas at the office,
- 508. some kind of elaborate
practical joke, but...
- 509. I didn't really believe that,
I just wanted to...
- 510. It's awful how easy it is to
get demoralized, isn't it?
- 511. Well of course that's
what they want.
- 512. That's what they're counting on.
- 513. - I'm not such a fool that I don't...
- You must've done something.
- 514. You must've done something.
- 515. Oh, don't say that,
don't you say that.
- 516. Somebody's been telling
lies about you...
- 517. Could be it, rumours, they're
always flying around for no reason.
- 518. - Rumours...
- Well at the office...
- 519. What kind of rumours?
- 520. You mean in my case?
- 521. That's just it. I haven't
the faintest idea.
- 522. - Jesus, I hope it isn't political.
- Oh no, nothing like that.
- 523. Politics! Don't go
dragging me into it.
- 524. No, Miss Burstner, I'm afraid
we just talk in circles.
- 525. That's not my fault,
I'm not talking in circles.
- 526. I don't even want to talk.
What are you doing in here anyway?
- 527. - Well you invited me.
- That's what you say.
- 528. - Miss Burstner, please...
- Please what?
- 529. Listen if you're in trouble
I'm sorry, I'm real sorry,
- 530. but keep me out of it.
- 531. I did, I am, I told them you didn't
have anything to do with me but
- 532. they wouldn't listen.
Tt was maddening
- 533. and then when they started to mess
around with your mother's photograph.
- 534. What! Who's been messing around
with my mother's photograph?
- 535. Rebenstein, I think it was.
- 536. But also the police.
- 537. - The police?
- Well that's what I've been telling you.
- 538. - Miss Burstner...
- Get out! Get out of here.
- 539. - Miss Burstner, please...
- Get out and stay out
- 540. and leave me alone.
- 541. Miss. Burstner please and
what will the other lodgers think
- 542. and Mrs. Grubach
you will wake her...
- 543. Get the hell out of my room.
- 544. Well, I'm out.
- 545. - Mr. K.
- Good morning if there's anybody
- 546. waiting I'll see them in a minute.
- 547. The deputy manager,
he was looking for you, Mr. K.
- 548. I think he's in the hall
and your cousin's here.
- 549. My cousin?
- 550. She's not supposed
to come to the office.
- 551. She said it was serious.
- 552. K.
- 553. Oh, good morning sir.
- 554. I was just arranging an
old birthday surprise.
- 555. In here? In this broom closet?
- 556. Well I have this, this, this...
- 557. This birthday cake for one of
my fellow lodgers. I didn't think...
- 558. I ought to carry the
thing to the office.
- 559. - Don't you agree?
- Who is she?
- 560. If I'd only know about
this lady before...
- 561. she would've been included
in the invitation tonight.
- 562. - But the tickets are all booked...
- Oh I know, I know.
- 563. She'll understand, I hope
your girl won't be too much...
- 564. I saw her unpleasantness already
sir, and it can't be much worse...
- 565. The cake is actually
a peace offering.
- 566. If she doesn't take it then
she's not the right girl for you.
- 567. Who's that?
- 568. That's my cousin, Irmie.
What's she doing here?
- 569. - What are you doing?
- Your cousin, huh...
- 570. Yes, from the city, going to the
school from the...
- 571. country going to school
here in the city.
- 572. - I'm supposed to keep an eye on her.
- We'll have to keep an eye on you, man.
- 573. - She looks pretty young.
- Yes, sir.
- 574. There's a place for
everything, right K?
- 575. Oh, and she's never dared to
come in the office before sir,
- 576. I can assure you of that.
- 577. You're a bright young man, one of
our brightest. On the way up.
- 578. - Don't spoil things for yourself.
- 579. - How old is she?
- What? Irmie, oh...
- 580. Can't be more then 16, if that.
- 581. Yeah.
- 582. My God!
- 583. Mr. K, the young lady...
- 584. Get her out of here.
- 585. But she said that it's urgent...
- 586. I don't care what she says.
Just get her out of here.
- 587. I beg your pardon but
isn't that Miss Burstner's trunk?
- 588. - And what if it is?
- Well I thought I recognized it.
- 589. Here, you take the birthday cake.
- 590. I have quite enough on my hands
with this trunk.
- 591. Well yes that's what I mean
now let me help you with it.
- 592. - Here take this.
- No, thank you.
- 593. - Please.
- No, thank you.
- 594. Well at least
let me call you a cab.
- 595. Not everyone can
afford taxicabs, Mr. K.
- 596. You know my name?
- 597. Excuse me? You are a
friend of hers, I gather?
- 598. I wonder if you can
tell me if she's home.
- 599. If by home you refer to
Mrs. Grubach's establishment,
- 600. the answer to your question is no.
- 601. Marika does have a home...
- 602. but it's not at Mrs. Grubach's.
- 603. Marika?
- 604. Pardon?
- 605. I never knew her first name.
- 606. How ironic.
- 607. You say, she has a home,
you mean another home?
- 608. Yes, she has one now, luckily.
- 609. I wish you'd let me help you with
that trunk it seems quite heavy.
- 610. - Extremely heavy.
- Well then...
- 611. I'll take it to her myself,
- 612. Take it to her...
You'll take it to where?
- 613. I hope it's not your
intention to follow me.
- 614. - No, not at all.
- Up to now...
- 615. you've been dogging
- 616. Well I hate to see a woman...
- 617. dragging a great heavy trunk
like that, that's all.
- 618. Especially one with a physical
disability, isn't that what you mean?
- 619. - No, not at all, I...
- Since you find
- 620. the spectacle so
unpleasant Mr. K.
- 621. Why not spare your feelings
- 622. and remove yourself
from the cause of your distress.
- 623. I'm sorry.
- 624. Listen, the last thing I want
is to annoy you but...
- 625. I would like very much to know
if Miss Burstner is moving...
- 626. or is planning to move...
- 627. and if so, where to?
- 628. Anything else?
- 629. Yes. Well yes, I'd like to know why.
Why is she moving?
- 630. And you have the unmitigated gall
to pretend you don't know.
- 631. Well no, how could I?
I've just got home.
- 632. I mean we did talk this morning but
she didn't seem to be planning to move.
- 633. She wasn't Mr. K.
- 634. It came as a very nasty surprise.
- 635. You make it sound as if
I were responsible.
- 636. Do you pretend you have
nothing to do with it?
- 637. I don't pretend anything.
- 638. All we did was talk,
though I did kiss her.
- 639. I hope you're not, not trying to tell me
that it's just because I kissed her.
- 640. She's changing her address
just because I kissed her.
- 641. I mean after all, she's a
woman of the world.
- 642. She works at the nightclub.
- 643. What are you insinuating?
- 644. Well nothing, but you'll have to admit
she's a grown woman not a minor.
- 645. Somebody must have
kissed her before.
- 646. Do you think this is a topic to be
shouted through the public streets?
- 647. Oh hell! Hell!
- 648. There is no need to curse.
- 649. Why am I always in the wrong
without even knowing what for,
- 650. or what it's all about?
- 651. That's not something I'm prepared
to discuss with you, Mr. K.
- 652. You better examine
your own conscience.
- 653. Ya, well there's nothing wrong
with my conscience, thank you.
- 654. Nothing at all.
- 655. Marika has been staying with Mrs Grubach
longer then you have, Mr. K.
- 656. Don't forget that.
- 657. She was very fond of that room.
- 658. My poor little room is dark
and damp and poorly heated.
- 659. She won't be nearly
as comfortable with me...
- 660. Well then why does she...
- 661. - move, for god's sake!
- Don't you shout at me Mr. K.
- 662. I'm a woman and a cripple...
- 663. but that doesn't mean I have to
stand for your abuse.
- 664. Go scream at that Grubach woman.
- 665. Wait a minute. You don't mean...
- 666. Hell, it's late.
- 667. I'll never get dressed
for the theatre.
- 668. First you've got to give me the truth.
Now did Mrs. Grubach ask her to leave?
- 669. I thought you didn't know
what happened, Mr. K.
- 670. Oh she did make a few uncalled
for remarks about Miss Burstner.
- 671. I took exception to them,
very strong exception.
- 672. I told Mrs. Grubach
in no uncertain terms
- 673. that she was out of line.
- 674. Oh my dear...
- 675. You mean she...
- 676. Just, threw her out?
- 677. Well I guess, I guess
I am responsible.
- 678. Listen Miss... uh, Mrs...
- 679. Excuse me, sir...
- 680. Excuse me, but I have
a note here for you.
- 681. - Are you sure?
- Yes. It's for you.
- 682. Somebody passed it
down, over there.
- 683. - Where?
- I think it's the man there maybe.
- 684. Mr. K.
- 685. Come with me, Mr. K.
- 686. We're making every reasonable
effort at this point.
- 687. To keep from interfering unnecessarily
with the normal pattern of your life.
- 688. For instance...
- 689. So you wouldn't have to request special
leave of absence from your office...
- 690. we've arranged to fit in
- 691. outside your normal
- 692. Step into the light, Mr. K.
- 693. Who are they?
- 694. I can't expect you to know where the
interrogation commission is sited.
- 695. That's right, I don't.
- 696. I've filled this out in your name
and so you won't get lost.
- 697. I've drawn you a
little map on the back.
- 698. Thanks.
- 699. You'll present that
immediately on arrival.
- 700. And when is that?
- 701. Immediately.
- 702. Tonight?
- 703. I hope you won't have too
much trouble locating it.
- 704. Well if I do these two can
always set me straight.
- 705. What exactly do you mean?
- 706. Aren't they supposed to trail
around after me wherever I go,
- 707. observing my movements?
- 708. No...
- 709. They aren't going to follow you.
- 710. That isn't their job.
- 711. Go right in there.
- 712. I've gotta close the doors after you.
Nobody else must come in.
- 713. You should have been here
- 714. one hour and five minutes ago.
- 715. These delays must not occur again.
- 716. Please step up.
- 717. You are a house painter?
- 718. No.
- 719. The question from the
- 720. about my being a
- 721. seems typical of this so called trial
that's being hoisted upon me.
- 722. From the very notebook of
the examining magistrate
- 723. confirms what I say.
- 724. These are the examining
- 725. What's happening to me
is of no great importance.
- 726. But I think it is representative
of what's happening to a
- 727. great many other people as well.
- 728. And it's for these others that I take
my stand here, not for myself alone.
- 729. That's it boy, give em hell!
- 730. I have been arrested
- 731. considering the magistrate's
- 732. perhaps they had orders
to arrest some house painter.
- 733. Who may well
be as innocent as I am.
- 734. furthermore they even
tried to get me to bribe them,
- 735. to steal my clothes and shirts from me.
- 736. I managed to keep calm.
I asked them very simply,
- 737. why I was arrested...
- 738. And what was the answer
of your self-styled inspector?
- 739. If he were here he would
have to back me up in this.
- 740. Gentlemen, he answered
in effect nothing at all.
- 741. He had arrested me
that was enough.
- 742. I noticed that your examining magistrate
has just given some of you a secret sign.
- 743. Well I don't know whether
that sign was meant to be a...
- 744. a signal for applause
or to hiss me...
- 745. but, I hereby publicly empower
the examining magistrate
- 746. to address his entire
intentions out loud.
- 747. - Let him say.
- Hiss now or a clap
- 748. now whatever he wants.
- 749. Can there be any doubt
that behind my arrest
- 750. a vast organization is at work?
- 751. And establishments which contains
a retinue of civil servants, officers,
- 752. police and others,
perhaps even hangmen.
- 753. I notice that all of you are
wearing the same badge.
- 754. So is every damn one of you here
is an official of some kind.
- 755. That means you've all
come rushing in here
- 756. to listen to nose out
what you can about me.
- 757. Half of you clap,
It was just to lead me on.
- 758. Get out of my way.
- 759. Maybe you wanted some practise
in fooling an innocent man.
- 760. Perhaps you found some
amusement in the fact that I
- 761. seriously expected you
to be interested in justice.
- 762. One moment.
- 763. I only wish to point out that tonight
you have thrown away...
- 764. with your own hand...
- 765. all the advantages which an interrogation
invariably converts on an accused man.
- 766. Just you wait.
- 767. Sir...
- 768. What are you doing here?
- 769. We're gonna get flogged.
- 770. - You're what?
- We're gonna be beat.
- 771. - It's all because of you mister.
- Yeah, yeah.
- 772. - Hey, why...
- It's all your fault mister...
- 773. You caused that thing about
us to the authorities.
- 774. You accused us of corruption.
- 775. You lodged a complaint.
- 776. I only mentioned it
to the inspector.
- 777. And to the examining magistrate.
- 778. Come on let's get on with it.
- 779. You accused us of
soliciting for bribes.
- 780. Well you're not
- 781. If you knew what kinda money
we're expected to live on
- 782. you wouldn't be so hard on us.
- 783. I've got a family to feed.
- 784. Frank here wants to get married.
- 785. Anyways, it's the custom for
the arresting officers
- 786. to get the prisoner's body linen.
- 787. What difference can a
few shirts make to anybody?
- 788. - Once he's arrested...
- 789. Nothing at all but still you had to
go ahead and denounce us.
- 790. Well it wasn't anything personal
I was just defending a principle.
- 791. Didn't I tell you?
- 792. I told you the gentleman...
- 793. if it wasn't for them shirts and...
before he had found out about it.
- 794. And nothing would have happened if you
hadn't gone ahead and denounced it.
- 795. It's because of you
that we're punished.
- 796. What kind of justice
do you call that?
- 797. We've all got clean records,
- 798. me especially.
- 799. Take him for instance, if anybody ever'd
lodged a complaint against him
- 800. you think he'd be
where he is now?
- 801. - Come on let's get on with it.
- ... how painful it is...
- 802. You too, strip.
- 803. We even have to take
off our clothes.
- 804. Look.
- 805. What do you want?
- 806. If you could see your way through
to letting him off just this once,
- 807. I'd certainly appreciate it.
- 808. What are you trying to do?
- 809. - Nothing.
- You plan to lodge...
- 810. a complaint against me?
- 811. No, I haven't lodged
- 812. Why if I wanted those men
to be punished I'd...
- 813. I could just leave right now
and close the door...
- 814. and close my eyes and ears
and forget about the whole thing.
- 815. But I don't think they
should be punished.
- 816. They're not to blame.
- 817. It's the people above them
that should be punished.
- 818. The authorities,
the whole organization.
- 819. Now if it were one of the
high judges you were flogging
- 820. I wouldn't mind a bit.
- 821. I'd even pay extra to
encourage the good work.
- 822. I don't take bribes.
Not in any circumstances.
- 823. Please, please.
- 824. Please, please try to
get me off of here.
- 825. Frank, here he's older than I am...
his nerves are better, he can take it.
- 826. He's been punished before,
but your only single...
- 827. I can't wait any longer.
- 828. He won't get into trouble.
He knows better.
- 829. Save me!
- 830. Mr. K.
- 831. What?
- 832. Mr. K, there's a man in your office.
He says he's your uncle Max.
- 833. Uncle Max.
- 834. Well, my boy.
- 835. What brings you into town?
- 836. Josef.
- 837. Is it true?
- 838. Yes it's...
- 839. Yes it's true enough I'm afraid.
- 840. And you're under arrest?
- 841. Please, uncle Max.
We'll talk about it later.
- 842. Very well then...
- 843. Just go ahead with
your work, my boy.
- 844. Don't mind me.
- 845. - It's not a criminal case, is it?
- It is.
- 846. Well?
- 847. That's...
- 848. That's what they tell me.
- 849. And you just coolly sit here?
- 850. If you won't think
- 851. What?
- 852. If you won't think of yourself,
think of the family,
- 853. our good name.
- 854. How did you...
- 855. find out about it?
- 856. Irmie called me on the
long distance telephone.
- 857. - Irmie...
- Yeah, poor little Irmie...
- 858. whom you wouldn't so much as
receive here in your office.
- 859. I can't hold...
- 860. lengthy conversations
with family relatives
- 861. during working hours.
- 862. - I suppose that applies to me too.
- Oh, uncle Max.
- 863. My only thought when I made
this long exhausting trip
- 864. was just to try to help you.
- 865. But no...
- 866. You don't even want to see me.
- 867. Yes, of course I do but...
- 868. you must realize...
- 869. how difficult it is...
- 870. during working hours.
- 871. Well, it looks to me as though your
working hours are over, Josef.
- 872. Come on.
- 873. After all, Josef,
I'm the nearest thing...
- 874. to a parent and a father that you
can lay claim to in the world.
- 875. Don't forget that.
- 876. Oh, I don't forget it,
Uncle Max, believe me.
- 877. We've got to get some
competent legal advice, Josef.
- 878. Things like this don't happen right
out of the blue and in a criminal case...
- 879. Please, uncle Max,
people are listening.
- 880. What's that up there?
- 881. The computer.
- 882. - One of those electronic gimmicks?
- 883. Can give you the
answer to anything?
- 884. Yes.
- 885. - Well...
- Well what?
- 886. You want to know about your case,
don't you? Ask the machine.
- 887. We wouldn't be allowed.
- 888. These things can always
be arranged, can't they?
- 889. Well what would I ask?
- 890. Uncle Max, I...
- 891. I don't even know
what I'm charged with.
- 892. Well that's one question
the brain thing...
- 893. ought to be able to
figure it out for you.
- 894. Well she'd need the data,
- 895. economic, sociological,
- 896. Still she might be able to handle it, she
screens and processes personality tests.
- 897. But first an awful lot of material
would have to be fed to her.
- 898. Her?
- 899. It's a she?
- 900. That's the way the experts
talk about her.
- 901. I see like for a car or a boat
- 902. kind of affectionate.
- 903. Well respectably,
more than that.
- 904. Love?
- 905. Terror?
- 906. I don't know.
- 907. Well, if she's a woman
I'd be careful.
- 908. Wait a minute.
- 909. It's uh... it must be a dog somewhere.
It's just a little dog in the courtyard.
- 910. You know?
- 911. He's putting a piece of tape
over our mouths, don't worry
- 912. with the tape on you won't
hear any screaming.
- 913. Good, see?
- 914. You can't hear anything.
- 915. This gentlemen says he's in charge
of the electronic brain, Josef.
- 916. We're not in charge.
- 917. One of the technical
- 918. You talk about data and facts.
Well, crime is a fact isn't it?
- 919. Suppose I committed a crime
or rather suppose I hadn't.
- 920. Uncle Max, these men
are extremely busy.
- 921. It seems they work in shifts
on the computer.
- 922. Yes, our night people have
more leisure after eleven.
- 923. - They could show him around.
- That's alright.
- 924. Thank you, come on.
- 925. I agree with you, Josef,
all these fancy electronics.
- 926. They're alright in their place
but not for anything practical.
- 927. Please, uncle Max.
- 928. You're not gonna try to tell me
you think you can diddle
- 929. your way out of a criminal charge
with an adding machine.
- 930. Open up in there.
- 931. We're friends of the advocate.
We've got to see him on
- 932. very important business. I
don't care how busy he is.
- 933. We've got to see him now.
- 934. K's the name.
Announce him, will you.
- 935. She doesn't look like a maid
to me more like a nurse.
- 936. The advocate is ill.
- 937. Ill? You say he's ill?
- 938. His heart again I suppose.
He never was too healthy.
- 939. This may be a strange hour to
be paying a professional call
- 940. but good old Hastler isn't going
to hold that against us.
- 941. We used to go to school together.
You've heard me speak of him.
- 942. I know he had quite a
reputation in junior high.
- 943. Leni?
- 944. No Albert, it's me,
it's Max, Albert.
- 945. Leni I told you I'm too
ill for visitors.
- 946. Don't let these people in.
- 947. - Albert, don't you remember me?
- 948. It's your old friend Max.
- 949. - Who's that with you there?
- 950. Hello Albert, what's
wrong? How did...
- 951. Had another of your attacks?
Don't worry, you always get over them.
- 952. Are they looking
after you properly?
- 953. Terribly gloomy in here.
- 954. No lights...
- 955. power failure, of course but...
- 956. And what about this
nurse of yours?
- 957. Who, Leni?
- 958. Leni is a good girl.
- 959. Very good girl indeed.
- 960. Leni takes excellent care of me.
- 961. - Don't you, darling?
- 962. Miss would you be kind enough to
leave us alone for a while.
- 963. I must speak to the advocate
on personal business.
- 964. You can say whatever you...
- 965. You can't talk business
to him now.
- 966. What you damn little...
- 967. We can discuss anything...
- 968. in front of Leni,
she's very, very...
- 969. This doesn't concern myself.
- 970. It's not my own private affair.
- 971. Whom does it concern?
- 972. My nephew. I brought him
here with me.
- 973. Who?
- 974. - Josef K.
- 975. Josef K...
- 976. I didn't notice him.
- 977. So... so you came to
see me about this case.
- 978. That's good.
- 979. It's a most interesting affair.
- 980. Careful now, Josef.
- 981. Then you know about my case already?
- 982. How's that?
- 983. I...
- 984. couldn't understand.
- 985. I'm the one that
- 986. It is your case isn't it...
- 987. you wanted to consult me about.
- 988. Of course it is.
What's wrong with you.
- 989. Mr. Hastler seems to have heard
about me and my case before
- 990. we even thought of coming here.
- 991. Oh, in the circles I move in,
all sorts of different cases
- 992. naturally come up in discussion,
and the more interesting ones
- 993. stick in my mind.
- 994. Particularly something concerning
the nephew of an old friend of mine.
- 995. Of course. That's logical, Josef.
- 996. You say you move
in these circles...
- 997. Does that mean you're actually
connected with the courts?
- 998. With whom else
should I associate...
- 999. if not with men of
my own profession.
- 1000. That's a need incontrovertible.
- 1001. I'm handicapped these
days by illness.
- 1002. But good friends from the
law court still visit me here
- 1003. from time to time when I'm in
a state to speak to them.
- 1004. For instance there's a
dear friend of mine.
- 1005. Visiting here at this
- 1006. We were chatting here together
when you two burst in and
- 1007. took us by surprise.
- 1008. He preferred to withdraw
with his chair and his table
- 1009. into the corner.
- 1010. The chief clerk
of the law court.
- 1011. Where?
- 1012. I beg your pardon sir.
- 1013. I forgot to introduce you.
- 1014. This is my old friend K...
- 1015. and his nephew.
- 1016. I know sir that you're
interested in this case.
- 1017. Josef K.
- 1018. Leave us, Leni.
- 1019. Naturally the chief clerk
is a very busy man...
- 1020. but since this case
does concern us all
- 1021. perhaps you stay for
a moment and advise us.
- 1022. Oh my, yes we'd certainly
- 1023. I can stay for only a few
minutes longer unfortunately.
- 1024. It's clear, we know how
pressed you are for time.
- 1025. The chief clerk will tell you,
my dear old friend...
- 1026. I've defended a great
number of these cases, Max
- 1027. and we've succeeded in
winning a few of them.
- 1028. - At least partially.
- In parts of it...
- 1029. The important thing now
is to get our first plea ready.
- 1030. That often determines the whole
course of subsequent proceedings.
- 1031. However, in actual practise
- 1032. the first plea is not usually
read by the court at all.
- 1033. Oh, and why is that?
- 1034. Very often they simply...
- 1035. file it away.
- 1036. I think your friend here
should be warned
- 1037. that the case of Josef K is likely to be
followed through any number of courts.
- 1038. And sometimes the case
never reaches verdict...
- 1039. I broke the glass.
- 1040. Why did you do that?
- 1041. To attract your attention.
- 1042. I wanted you to come here to me.
- 1043. I was thinking of you too.
- 1044. In there you couldn't
keep your eyes off me.
- 1045. And yet you'd like me to wait.
- 1046. I couldn't just get up and walk
out of the room without any excuse.
- 1047. No, no that's not mine.
- 1048. You did it though.
- 1049. Yes, I did. That's not my coat.
- 1050. If you're going out
you'd better take this.
- 1051. - No, no...
- You weren't wearing a coat.
- 1052. - This is one of...
- I'm not going out...
- 1053. I can't even stay here.
I've got to get back to them.
- 1054. I know you don't really like me.
- 1055. But I'm going to make love to you
and then you won't be able to go.
- 1056. Yeah, but what will
I say back there?
- 1057. You don't like me at all?
- 1058. Well, like is a very feeble word.
- 1059. You've got a sweetheart?
- 1060. - No.
- I'll bet you do have one.
- 1061. A boy like you is
bound to have somebody.
- 1062. - Well as a matter of fact...
- Tell me about her.
- 1063. Well there's not
much to tell really.
- 1064. I don't even know where
she lives anymore.
- 1065. - I've got a photograph...
- Ah, you've got a photograph.
- 1066. What is she, some
kind of an actres?
- 1067. No, a dancer.
- 1068. She's not so young, is she...
- 1069. I don't think I like her.
She looks hard and selfish.
- 1070. A girl like that wouldn't be able
to sacrifice herself for a man.
- 1071. Well certainly not for me.
- 1072. Has she got any
- 1073. What?
- 1074. Has she got any
- 1075. Why no, of course not.
- 1076. If you don't know where she's scarred
I guess she doesn't mean much to you
- 1077. or you'd find out.
- 1078. I'll find out.
- 1079. I've got a physical defect.
- 1080. I'll show you.
- 1081. Come on.
- 1082. Look.
- 1083. The skin between my
two middle fingers.
- 1084. Like a web.
- 1085. A web...
- 1086. What a pretty little palm.
- 1087. You'd better go.
- 1088. Go? I just got in.
- 1089. I'll say you weren't
feeling well or something...
- 1090. that you needed some fresh air.
- 1091. I'll be back in a minute.
- 1092. To let you out I've
got to get the keys.
- 1093. The keys?
- 1094. Are we locked in here?
- 1095. I don't want you locked out.
- 1096. The keys are to let you in
yourself, during the nights.
- 1097. Whenever you feel like it.
- 1098. Good.
- 1099. Who's that?
- 1100. - What, that picture?
- 1101. That could be my
judge I suppose.
- 1102. I know him.
- 1103. He's not a big man like that.
- 1104. He's little...
- 1105. almost a dwarf.
- 1106. But look the way he
had himself painted.
- 1107. He's vain...
- 1108. of course, like
everybody else here.
- 1109. I'm vain myself...
- 1110. and it bothers me that you don't
like me more than you do.
- 1111. You mean you've got high court judges
coming here to see you?
- 1112. Oh no, he's just an
- 1113. Only an examining magistrate?
- 1114. Boy, the higher officials certainly
keep themselves well hidden.
- 1115. These fancy robes and the gown
are just an invention.
- 1116. Actually he sits on a kitchen chair with
an old hose wrapped ragged under him.
- 1117. - Ow!
- Do you always be...
- 1118. brooding over your case.
- 1119. Probably, I don't think
enough about it.
- 1120. No, that's not the mistake
- 1121. You're too stubborn and too much of a
troublemaker, that's what I hear.
- 1122. Who told you that?
- 1123. You mustn't ask me for names.
- 1124. Just take my warning to heart and try
to be a little more cooperative.
- 1125. Cooperative? Oh, brother...
- 1126. The first chance you get you ought
to make your confession.
- 1127. Till you do that there isn't a hope
of getting out of their clutches.
- 1128. Not a hope...
- 1129. and even then you will need
a lot of help from the outside.
- 1130. - Leni!
- 1131. Leni!
- 1132. Josef!
- 1133. Leni, where are you...
- 1134. Leni, darling...
- 1135. Chief Clerk is leaving...
- 1136. accompany him to the door.
- 1137. - Goodnight Clerk.
- 1138. - Goodnight, it's getting late.
- Albert, please go one with...
- 1139. what you were saying
- 1140. Advocates, they do everything
they can to discourage us.
- 1141. You should see the room they have
for advocates in the law courts.
- 1142. - Small. They have...
- 1143. There's a tiny
skylight up high...
- 1144. some other advocate
to hoist you up on his back.
- 1145. For more than a year now
there's been a hole in the floor.
- 1146. A hole, Albert?
- 1147. Not quite big enough to fall through
or if you stumble into it.
- 1148. You find yourself with your leg
hanging out of the...
- 1149. The very place where all
your clients have to worry.
- 1150. I had no idea of the difficulties.
- 1151. Sure, sure. It's all...
- 1152. really humiliating.
- 1153. I only wish my nephew could
be hearing all this.
- 1154. - Who's that man?
- What man?
- 1155. - That man in there
- You shouldn't have opened that door.
- 1156. - Well who is he?
- Oh, him he doesn't matter.
- 1157. - Come here.
- What do you mean...
- 1158. he doesn't matter.
- 1159. Oh no... I've got to go.
- 1160. Alright.
- 1161. These are the back stairs.
- 1162. You'd better pretend you'd been
waiting on the street.
- 1163. Say you'd began to feel faint
- 1164. and you needed some fresh air.
- 1165. - What's he doing in there?
- 1166. He's a client.
- 1167. Here's your key.
- 1168. Leni!
- 1169. Well, Josef, well...
- 1170. Well what?
- 1171. You know that the nurse
is the advocates mistress?
- 1172. You're facing a criminal charge.
Do you want to make enemies?
- 1173. Do you want to lose your case?
- 1174. Looking for somebody?
- 1175. What's wrong?
- 1176. Isn't the court in session?
- 1177. Not today.
- 1178. Why isn't the court in session?
- 1179. - They'll be sitting tomorrow.
- You sure?
- 1180. Sure, my husband
is a guard here.
- 1181. Guard?
- 1182. The man who was
kissing you is a...
- 1183. That wasn't my husband
who was kissing me
- 1184. that was a law student.
- 1185. He's just a law student but
even so he's got influence.
- 1186. Influence, huh?
- 1187. He's kind of important already.
- 1188. He must be...
- 1189. You were making love right there
in the middle of the whole damn crowd.
- 1190. Yeah, I guess we ruined that
speech you were making...
- 1191. but what could I do about it?
- 1192. Once he gets started it's...
- 1193. Hey! You can't touch
- 1194. They belong to the
- 1195. It's not my fault.
It's the rules.
- 1196. You do remember me, don't you?
- 1197. From last night?
- 1198. My name is Hilda.
- 1199. These are probably law books and
of course I mustn't read any law.
- 1200. I must be condemned
not only in ignorance...
- 1201. How dirty they are.
- 1202. Wow, they really are dirty.
- 1203. And these are the men that
sit in judgement on me.
- 1204. Listen.
- 1205. I'll help you.
- 1206. Wouldn't you like me to?
- 1207. I don't see how you can if your
husband is a courtroom guard here.
- 1208. I want to help you. That's
why I came in here...
- 1209. even though, it's forbidden.
- 1210. Well, that's very nice of you...
- 1211. But I wouldn't want you
to get into any trouble.
- 1212. No, you mustn't go
away like that...
- 1213. not yet.
- 1214. You got the wrong
ideas about me.
- 1215. Am I such a nothing
in your eyes that
- 1216. you won't stay just a little
longer when I ask you?
- 1217. Well I've got plenty of time.
I only came here thinking
- 1218. the court would be in session.
- 1219. You mustn't be offended when I ask you
not to try to do anything about my case.
- 1220. The truth is, I don't care
at all who it comes out.
- 1221. And if they sentence me,
I just laugh at them.
- 1222. Oh, not that it'll ever
come to that.
- 1223. Or they might make a show
out of carrying it on in
- 1224. the hope of eventually getting money
out of me, but their wasting their time.
- 1225. I can tell you that.
- 1226. There's one thing
you could do for me.
- 1227. Tell that examining magistrate
of yours that nothing on Earth
- 1228. could ever induce me to give
money to those precious judges.
- 1229. No.
- 1230. Yeah, but you said the only ones who
could do you any good
- 1231. were the higher ups.
- 1232. I'm afraid so.
- 1233. Still, you could always write
a report and they must go up
- 1234. to the real authorities.
- 1235. Last night for instance
when the others had left
- 1236. he stayed on here,
real late writing away.
- 1237. He even turned off the mains
and I had to bring in a candle.
- 1238. Then my husband came home...
- 1239. and we started to move the
furniture back in place.
- 1240. Neighbours came in with some beer
and we got to talking by candle light.
- 1241. And we just forgot about the
examining magistrate altogether.
- 1242. Then, in the middle of the night
I woke up, and there he was.
- 1243. Standing by our bed shielding
the candle with his hands
- 1244. to keep the light from
hitting my husband.
- 1245. Not that he needed to bother. Once my
husband gets to sleep nothing, wakes him.
- 1246. I was so startled
I almost let out a yell
- 1247. but the magistrate
he was real kind to me.
- 1248. He whispered he'd been
in there all the time, writing.
- 1249. And now he'd come in
to return the candle.
- 1250. And as long as he lived, he told me
he'd never forget the picture I made.
- 1251. That's what he said.
- 1252. The picture I made
lying asleep in the bed.
- 1253. I just tell you this to
show you how busy he is
- 1254. writing out these
great, long, big reports.
- 1255. The one last night must've
been about you,
- 1256. and somebody must read it.
- 1257. Besides, he's starting to
take an interest in me.
- 1258. So maybe a can do you
some good, huh?
- 1259. This morning he sent me a pair
of stockings for the law student.
- 1260. Want to see? I've got them on now.
- 1261. Look out.
- 1262. It's Bert.
- 1263. - Bert?
- I know, he's ugly.
- 1264. Did you get a look at
those legs of his.
- 1265. Yeah.
- 1266. All the same I've got to
go and be with him now.
- 1267. I'll come back soon.
- 1268. And then I'll go with you
wherever you like...
- 1269. and you can do with me
whatever you want.
- 1270. What's wrong?
- 1271. Don't you believe me?
- 1272. Why should I?
- 1273. This could be a trap.
- 1274. - Are you afraid?
- Who is this law student?
- 1275. A kind of henchman of the magistrates?
- 1276. - What of it?
- I... I...
- 1277. I was thinking
- 1278. Don't think.
- 1279. It'd be kind of a nice revenge to
take you away from both of them.
- 1280. Why not?
- 1281. Then some night after the magistrate
after he's been staying up late
- 1282. filling up those long,
lying reports about me.
- 1283. I'd come to your bedside...
- 1284. Why don't you go?
- 1285. You should've left
the minute I came in.
- 1286. You think so?
- 1287. That's what you're
supposed to do.
- 1288. When I come in you get
the hell out of here.
- 1289. Well...
- 1290. I seem to detect the insolence of
a future official of the court.
- 1291. You shouldn't be allowed to
run around like this at large.
- 1292. That was a mistake,
I told the magistrate.
- 1293. - Come on.
- Don't try to be funny.
- 1294. Come on.
- 1295. Wait a minute.
- 1296. - No you.
- What do you mean?
- 1297. He sent for me. What
can we do about it?
- 1298. - Who sent for you?
- The examining magistrate.
- 1299. - The examining magistrate?
- He's a monster, and this...
- 1300. ugly monster he won't let me go.
- 1301. Sorry, what can I do?
- 1302. Now listen...
- 1303. Leave him alone.
You want to ruin me?
- 1304. He's just obeying the orders
of the examining magistrate.
- 1305. Alright, alright take her.
- 1306. You lied to me, didn't you?
- 1307. - Why should I lie?
- You're not being...
- 1308. taken to the
- 1309. - Yes I am.
- You mean to tell me...
- 1310. that the examining magistrate is
waiting for you in a place like that.
- 1311. Of course he is! These are
the law court offices.
- 1312. Where else do think he would be?
- 1313. Law court offices?
- 1314. In a place like...
- 1315. Hell.
- 1316. You are the defendant?
- 1317. My name is K.
- 1318. You're...
- 1319. the courtroom guard.
- 1320. Yes, I'm her husband.
- 1321. It's Sunday night.
- 1322. I'm not supposed to
work on Sunday night.
- 1323. But just to get me out of the way
they send me off on these long
- 1324. useless errands.
- 1325. That student...
- 1326. if my job didn't depend on it
- 1327. I would have squashed him flat
against the wall here, long ago.
- 1328. Right there...
- 1329. just a little bit
above the floor.
- 1330. All splashed in blood...
- 1331. with his arms and his fingers
and those bandy legs of his...
- 1332. all twisted out and writhing...
- 1333. like a smashed cockroach.
- 1334. He used to carry her
for his own pleasure
- 1335. but now it's the
- 1336. Isn't she to blame as well?
- 1337. She throws herself at him.
- 1338. And in my position there is
nothing that I can do about it
- 1339. but if somebody had given
him a good thrashing just once.
- 1340. He's a coward, you know?
- 1341. He'd never touch her again.
- 1342. Only a man like you could do it.
- 1343. A man like me?
- 1344. What do you mean?
- 1345. - They've arrested you, haven't they?
- 1346. Well then...
- 1347. My being under arrest gives me
all that much more...
- 1348. reason to be afraid of him.
- 1349. I heard about that
speech of yours.
- 1350. What about it?
- 1351. I wouldn't have thought
you'd be afraid at all.
- 1352. I'm not... I'm not afraid
not of him personally.
- 1353. I'm not afraid of any of them.
- 1354. But he does have influence,
or so they say.
- 1355. He certainly isn't sticking up
for the examining magistrate.
- 1356. And god knows my case is
prejudiced enough already...
- 1357. As a rule, none of our
cases are prejudiced.
- 1358. Well I'm afraid I'd have to
disagree with you about that.
- 1359. But it wouldn't necessarily stop me
from taking care of that student.
- 1360. I'd be very grateful
if you would. Come.
- 1361. Come.
- 1362. These are the law court offices.
- 1363. That's where they are,
my wife and the magistrate.
- 1364. I don't have a key...
- 1365. for this one.
- 1366. Who are these people?
- 1367. The accused.
- 1368. - You, why are you here?
- I'm waiting.
- 1369. What is it you're waiting for?
- 1370. Yes, I handed in several affidavits
that was some time ago.
- 1371. I'm waiting here for the result.
- 1372. You certainly seem to be taking a
good deal of trouble over it.
- 1373. Well yes, you see, it's my case.
- 1374. I'm under arrest, you don't
see me putting up affidavits.
- 1375. What makes you think that
kind of thing is necessary?
- 1376. I can't say exactly, but
I handed in my affidavits.
- 1377. You don't believe
I'm under arrest.
- 1378. - Oh yes, certainly.
- Why not? Why don't...
- 1379. you believe I'm under arrest?
- 1380. What do you take me for?
- 1381. You think I'm a judge?
- 1382. Back to the seats, all of you!
Keep the passage clear!
- 1383. Can you tell me how to get out of here?
I've had enough of this place.
- 1384. You're going already but you've
hardly seen anything yet.
- 1385. I don't want to.
I just want to get out of here.
- 1386. Well...
- 1387. You keep to the right
through that passage
- 1388. and then you go...
to the second corner
- 1389. and then left along the
lobby to the fourth.
- 1390. You'd better show me yourself.
There's so many passages and...
- 1391. lobbies I'll never find the way.
- 1392. I've got the message to deliver and I've
lost a whole lot of time because of you.
- 1393. - Come with me!
- Not so loud.
- 1394. You want to bring all the
officials down on us?
- 1395. Suppose they ask who you are.
Then you'll have to admit...
- 1396. you're one of the accused.
- 1397. - I'm not trying to hide it.
- Well then...
- 1398. - What do I tell them?
- The truth maybe.
- 1399. But I only came here because
I wanted to see if the inside
- 1400. of this famous legal system was as
loathsome as I guessed it was.
- 1401. And now I'm too depressed to
want to see anything more.
- 1402. I just want to get out of here
and be alone.
- 1403. What's wrong?
You feel a little dizzy?
- 1404. Yes.
- 1405. Oh, don't worry. Almost everybody has an
attack like that on their first visit.
- 1406. It's the air.
- 1407. That too, and also all sorts of
washing is hung up here to dry.
- 1408. You can't forbid the tenets
to wash their dirty items.
- 1409. There's just nothing we can
do about that, I'm afraid.
- 1410. Where are you going?
- 1411. Do you want me to have
you taken to the sick room?
- 1412. Please don't...
- 1413. I'd be fine if I could
just get some air.
- 1414. It's not far now.
- 1415. Here's the door right
in front of you.
- 1416. Why don't you go out?
That's what you wanted.
- 1417. Yes...
- 1418. Thank you.
- 1419. I'm not used to fresh air.
- 1420. Hello.
- 1421. Irmie.
- 1422. What are you doing here?
- 1423. - Well, I've been looking for you.
- What, why?
- 1424. Uncle Max I suppose
checking up on me.
- 1425. He keeps writing, nagging
at me for news.
- 1426. He hasn't heard a thing about
your case for a long time now.
- 1427. So naturally, he's worried.
We all are...
- 1428. Well, tell him not to worry.
- 1429. Gee, I gotta write something.
- 1430. - Tell him everything is under control.
- But, is it?
- 1431. - I don't know, I...
- I hate to be a drag...
- 1432. but you know what he's like,
how he carries on about things.
- 1433. Now it's the honour of the family
and all that jazz.
- 1434. - Maybe he's right...
- Oh, shit.
- 1435. Ignore me, I hope you didn't say
what I thought you did.
- 1436. You shouldn't use that kind of language,
Irmie. How old are you anyway?
- 1437. Sixteen, practically.
- 1438. You're fifteen, hardly that.
- 1439. You certainly shouldn't have
come out here alone.
- 1440. I wouldn't be here if my cousin hadn't
got himself in trouble with the law.
- 1441. Don't they check up on
you in that school?
- 1442. They try to.
- 1443. You sneak out after hours,
is that it?
- 1444. You're not the only
crook in the family.
- 1445. - That's not a very funny joke Irmie
- Okay, you write home, and say...
- 1446. what a delinquent I am.
- 1447. But what do I say about you?
There must be some kind of news.
- 1448. Well I...
- 1449. I'm thinking very seriously of getting
rid of your father's old school chum.
- 1450. You can tell him that.
- 1451. I can't see that the famous advocate
Hastler is doing anything for me
- 1452. except encourage the delay.
- 1453. But he's your lawyer!
- 1454. How can you get rid of your lawyer?
- 1455. Easy, just dismiss
him from the case.
- 1456. And then what?
- 1457. I don't know.
- 1458. Isn't there something more definite
I can write home about?
- 1459. - No, nothing definite.
- You've got to have a lawyer don't you?
- 1460. Influence, that's all that
counts in the long run.
- 1461. Hastler is always bragging about
his personal connections...
- 1462. but what's he really up to?
- 1463. Besides, I'm not exactly stupid.
I can defend myself.
- 1464. Look at the position
I've got at the office.
- 1465. Don't be surprised if you
hear any day now
- 1466. that I've become deputy manager
of my entire department.
- 1467. Well, all I've got to do is to
apply those same abilities...
- 1468. to this case of mine.
- 1469. So I get rid of the advocate
I can draw up my own plan
- 1470. and keep after the
- 1471. Well, this is where
I leave you, Irmie.
- 1472. You're not going to
work now are you?
- 1473. Things keep piling up. This case
is taking such a lot of my time.
- 1474. I've really got to finish
my work somehow...
- 1475. I don't like to leave you alone. I really
ought to walk you back to your school.
- 1476. That's all I needed...
to be seen with a man.
- 1477. But, I'm your cousin.
- 1478. Cousins get married.
- 1479. You wouldn't want to
marry a criminal.
- 1480. Crooks get married too.
- 1481. - So long now.
- So long, Josef.
- 1482. It's him.
- 1483. - Who are you?
- My name is Bloch.
- 1484. - Are you employed here?
- Oh no, I'm only a client.
- 1485. I don't belong to the house,
I'm just here on business.
- 1486. - Your shirt sleeves...
- Excuse me, please.
- 1487. - What have you been doing, making love to Leni?
- 1488. No.
- 1489. Well anyway you don't look
like and honest man.
- 1490. What did you say your
name was, Bloch?
- 1491. Yes, Bloch.
- 1492. - That's your real name?
- Of course, why shouldn't it be?
- 1493. I don't know, you might have
some reason for concealing it.
- 1494. You know who that is?
- 1495. Yes, a judge.
- 1496. - A judge of the high court?
- Oh yes, it must be.
- 1497. That shows how much you
know about the courts.
- 1498. Among the judges that's
the lowest of the low.
- 1499. Oh yes. Yes, of course now I remember
I've been told about that before.
- 1500. You've been told all about
that before, of course you have.
- 1501. Yes sir, I have been told this.
- 1502. Where is she now?
Come on, where's Leni?
- 1503. Where's she hiding?
- 1504. Leni, I don't think she's hiding, sir.
She must be in the kitchen.
- 1505. Yes, that's where
she ought to be.
- 1506. Yes, she must be in the kitchen
making soup for the advocate.
- 1507. - Why didn't you tell me that before?
- I was going to take you there, sir...
- 1508. - Don't think you're being clever...
- Oh no, I don't.
- 1509. I don't think I'm clever at all.
- 1510. Lead the way then.
- 1511. Go on.
- 1512. Good evening, Josef.
- 1513. Leni...
- 1514. Who's that man?
- 1515. His name is Bloch.
- 1516. You were in your night gown.
- 1517. Is he your lover?
- 1518. I want an answer.
- 1519. Come to the study and
I'll tell you about it.
- 1520. No.
- 1521. No, I want you to
tell me in here.
- 1522. You aren't jealous
of poor little Bloch?
- 1523. You can see what he is. Nothing.
- 1524. I just have to pay a little
attention to him because
- 1525. he's one of the advocate's
- 1526. You're going to spend
the night with me?
- 1527. The eggs are burning.
- 1528. It's just as well. Eggs
are bad for you.
- 1529. If you really want to see the advocate
I'll tell him you're here.
- 1530. He's been asking after you.
- 1531. Yeah, I'll bet he has.
- 1532. Where have you
been all this time?
- 1533. I've got some information
for you too.
- 1534. Things I've found out...
- 1535. but first lets get off that jacket.
- 1536. Shall I announce you
or give him his soup first?
- 1537. Give him his soup.
- 1538. He'll need it by the time
I'm through with him.
- 1539. So you are one of the
- 1540. What's it got to do with you?
- 1541. You be quiet, Rudy.
- 1542. I'll give him his soup now
but there's a chance
- 1543. he'll fall asleep right afterwards.
- 1544. What I have to say to him
will keep him awake.
- 1545. Just as soon as he's finished
eating I'll announce you.
- 1546. I want to get you back with me.
- 1547. Keep a seat.
- 1548. So.
- 1549. You're a...
- 1550. You're one of the
- 1551. Oh yes...
- 1552. Yes, a very old client indeed.
- 1553. How long has he had
charge of your affairs?
- 1554. Affairs?
- 1555. Business affairs, oh.
- 1556. He's been my representative since...
- 1557. the very beginning.
- 1558. But my case...
- 1559. That's what probably you
are thinking about.
- 1560. I have it all written down here.
- 1561. I can give you the exact dates.
- 1562. Now, it's very difficult to keep
all that in one's head so...
- 1563. Oh no, I didn't...
I never realized
- 1564. that Hastler had an ordinary
commercial practise as well.
- 1565. Of course...
- 1566. Why... yes you know
that they even say...
- 1567. They even say that he's a
better advocate for...
- 1568. business, right, than for...
- 1569. the other kind.
- 1570. - Yes?
- Oh yeah.
- 1571. You won't give me away?
- 1572. I'm not an informer.
- 1573. He's a revengeful man,
very, very revengeful.
- 1574. Well surely he wouldn't...
- 1575. He wouldn't think of harming
one of his own clients?
- 1576. Yes, Yes!
- 1577. Yes, once he's aroused
- 1578. he could do anything.
- 1579. He doesn't draw
- 1580. What was it you
wanted to tell me?
- 1581. You'll have to tell me
one of your own secrets.
- 1582. Please.
- 1583. So we can trust each other.
- 1584. - Do keep quiet.
- Okay, I'll give you something.
- 1585. I have other advocates.
- 1586. Other... other advocates
as well as Hastler?
- 1587. Five of them.
- 1588. You know...
- 1589. Hastler...
- 1590. - Listen...
- 1591. Hastler...
- 1592. You notice he's always...
- 1593. Hastler is always referring to the others
in his own circle as "great advocates".
- 1594. But in the real
protocol of the court...
- 1595. he ranks where?
- 1596. - Where?
- Among the smaller advocates.
- 1597. - Oh sure.
- 1598. Well, the really great advocates...
- 1599. - whom I've never seen...
- then you must've been...
- 1600. - working on your own behalf
- Oh, yes.
- 1601. You know, I'd like to
ask you about that.
- 1602. - How do you do that?
- It's exhausting.
- 1603. It's just that they need a court to
try to keep an eye on things and...
- 1604. too much for one man.
- 1605. I'll be there often enough
myself after this, I suppose.
- 1606. I can't expect the same special
treatment I got the first time.
- 1607. Everybody stood up. They
must've taken me for a judge.
- 1608. It was that guard you were with.
- 1609. He's the one we
all stood up for.
- 1610. There's that ridiculous superstition.
- 1611. What superstition?
- 1612. You're supposed to be able to
tell from a man's face and from...
- 1613. the line of his lips especially.
- 1614. How his case
is going to turn out.
- 1615. - So?
- Well, so...
- 1616. the people were saying that from
the expression on your lips...
- 1617. They could tell that...
- 1618. you were found guilty.
- 1619. Yes, in the very near future.
- 1620. - The advocate is waiting for you.
- Let him wait.
- 1621. You can talk to Bloch later,
- 1622. Sleeping here?
- 1623. Everybody isn't like you.
- 1624. Expecting to be granted an interview
at any hour of the day or night.
- 1625. And the advocate is
sick as he is too
- 1626. Your friends do you favours and
you just take them for granted.
- 1627. Not that I ask for any thanks.
- 1628. All I want...
- 1629. well...
- 1630. I want you to be fond of me.
- 1631. I'm fond of you.
- 1632. Well I don't know...
- 1633. Why shouldn't Hastler
be willing to see me?
- 1634. He's my lawyer isn't he?
What kind of a favour is that?
- 1635. - That's not the question.
- He seems to be in a...
- 1636. state for being difficult.
- 1637. You know why the advocate
has agreed to see him, Leni?
- 1638. It's because...
- 1639. His case is still at
the hopeful stage.
- 1640. Oh yes, Leni.
- 1641. - He'll see the difference later.
- You talk too much.
- 1642. That's his trouble.
- 1643. That's why the advocate can't
bear to see him.
- 1644. Oh, he does see me occasionally.
- 1645. But you never know that's
what's so nerve-racking
- 1646. And you never know when he'll be
willing to receive you.
- 1647. It could be any time.
- 1648. Day, night... and if I'm not
right here on the spot
- 1649. When he does take it into
his head to send for me...
- 1650. I've lost my chance.
- 1651. Then I have to wait much
longer than before.
- 1652. That's why I let you sleep here.
- 1653. Well I guess...
- 1654. one gets very dependent on one's
advocate as time goes on.
- 1655. The truth is, he likes it.
- 1656. - Leni...
- Maybe not the waiting.
- 1657. But you do enjoy spending
the night, now don't you?
- 1658. Good.
- 1659. Want to see his home?
- 1660. Okay.
- 1661. So you sleep in the maid's room?
- 1662. Yeah, she lets me have it,
yes, it's very convenient.
- 1663. I'm going to bed.
- 1664. Mr. K, wait.
- 1665. Wait Mr. K!
- 1666. Rudy.
- 1667. Mr. K.
- 1668. Mr. K.
- 1669. Please...
- 1670. You forgot your promise...
- 1671. you were going to tell me
one of your secrets.
- 1672. Alright, I'll give you a secret.
- 1673. I'm dismissing the advocate.
- 1674. - The advocate?
- 1675. I'm going to dismiss
him from my case.
- 1676. - Dismiss him!
- I'm tired of all these delays...
- 1677. - Please, no you can't
- Hastler has done nothing...
- 1678. he's either too old, too sick
or too indifferent.
- 1679. - No, he's not indifferent...
- He's dismissing the advocate!
- 1680. - He's dismissing the advocate!
- 1681. No, Josef...
- 1682. You stay out.
- 1683. Leave him alone, Leni.
- 1684. Has she been
pestering you again?
- 1685. Pestering me?
- 1686. She finds all accused
- 1687. It's a peculiarity of hers.
- 1688. She makes up to all of them...
- 1689. makes love to all of them.
- 1690. And when I allow her to...
- 1691. she tells me about these
affairs to amuse me.
- 1692. All about them...
- 1693. You came here this evening
for a specific reason?
- 1694. Yes, I came here to tell you that
I'm dispensing with your services.
- 1695. Well, you mustn't be in
too much of a hurry.
- 1696. I know you've done everything you
can for me and I appreciate it
- 1697. but I'm afraid that more energetic steps
are gonna have to be taken.
- 1698. - That's a plan we can discuss.
- It's not a plan, it's a fact.
- 1699. How many times have I come here
and what have you done for me? Nothing.
- 1700. How many of my clients have reached
the same point in their cases as you,
- 1701. and stood here before me saying...
- 1702. exactly the same things.
- 1703. Maybe they had a reason to.
They were probably all...
- 1704. just as much in the right as I am.
- 1705. That's true you know...
- 1706. Accused men...
- 1707. are attractive.
- 1708. Not that being accused makes
any immediate change
- 1709. in a man's personal appearance.
- 1710. But if you've got the right eye
for these things
- 1711. you can pick out an accused man
in the largest crowd.
- 1712. It's just...
- 1713. something about them,
- 1714. attractive.
- 1715. It can't be a sense of guilt...
- 1716. You can't all be...
- 1717. guilty.
- 1718. Some, of course, are more
attractive than others
- 1719. but all are attractive, even that
wretched creature Bloch.
- 1720. Let's get him in here.
- 1721. I think it's time you learned how
other accused men are treated.
- 1722. Get Bloch in here, Leni.
- 1723. Go and fetch Bloch...
- 1724. - My decision is final, you know?
- You'd better think about it, Josef.
- 1725. The advocate wants to see you.
- 1726. - Go on.
- Thank you, thank you.
- 1727. - Is that Bloch?
- Yes sir.
- 1728. What do you want?
- 1729. - You were sent for weren't you?
- Yes sir, I was.
- 1730. You've come at the wrong time.
- 1731. Sir, I came in immediately,
- 1732. the minute I heard my name.
- 1733. - Do you want me to go away?
- You're here aren't you?
- 1734. Yes sir, I'm here I...
- 1735. - Then stay.
- Yes sir.
- 1736. Yesterday, I saw my friend
the third judge.
- 1737. I managed to work the conversation
around to your case.
- 1738. My case.
- 1739. - You want to hear what he said?
- Oh, please.
- 1740. In these matters there
are so many...
- 1741. conflicting opinions that the
confusion is impenetrable.
- 1742. At a certain point...
- 1743. by an old tradition,
a bell must be rung.
- 1744. - Yes, a bell.
- 1745. But this marks the official
opening of the proceedings.
- 1746. There are many arguments against this
opinion, but you wouldn't understand them.
- 1747. - The other advocate...
- 1748. - Who is your advocate?
- No, no
- 1749. - And beside me...
- No sir, no one was...
- 1750. Then pay no attention
to anyone else.
- 1751. Fawn on the floor
for him, if you like.
- 1752. No, you're not to
talk to me like that.
- 1753. Not in front of the advocate.
How dare you! How dare you!
- 1754. How dare you!
- 1755. Don't you see what he's trying to do,
he's trying to humiliate you...
- 1756. to show off his power.
- 1757. - Pay no attention to anyone else.
- Let him go!
- 1758. Do what your conscience
tells you is right.
- 1759. - Let me go!
- I'm on my knees, advocate.
- 1760. I'm on my knees, advocate.
- 1761. I'm on my knees, sir.
- 1762. I'm on...
- 1763. How's he been behaving today?
- 1764. He has been quiet
- 1765. What's he been doing all day?
- 1766. I kept him locked up in the maid's room,
so he wouldn't disturb me when I worked.
- 1767. It's where he usually stays, anyway.
- 1768. Then you can't say of your own
knowledge what he's been doing.
- 1769. I peeked in on him now and
then through the ventilator.
- 1770. He was kneeling all the time
on the bed...
- 1771. studying the book you
let him borrow.
- 1772. There wasn't much light so the
way he stuck to his reading
- 1773. shows that he does
what he's told.
- 1774. Did he understand what
he was reading?
- 1775. Well...
- 1776. he's following the lines
with his fingers.
- 1777. All I could tell was...
- 1778. He never goes past the
same page the whole day.
- 1779. I guess that book is very
hard to understand.
- 1780. Yes.
- 1781. The scriptures are very difficult.
- 1782. They're only meant to give
him a bare inkling of the...
- 1783. - Yes, yes...
- ... the complications I must
- 1784. struggle with in his behalf.
- 1785. - Did he read without stopping?
- Almost without stopping...
- 1786. Once he asked me for a drink of
water and I handed it to him
- 1787. through the ventilator.
- 1788. Then about eight o' clock I let him out
and gave him something to eat.
- 1789. You're praising him
too much, Leni.
- 1790. You're making it even harder
for me to tell him the truth.
- 1791. The judges' remarks were
by no means favourable.
- 1792. Not favourable? How can that be?
- 1793. He was even annoyed when
I mentioned Bloch's name.
- 1794. "You're wasting your time
with that man", he told me.
- 1795. "His case is...
- 1796. "hopeless."
- 1797. I refused to believe that.
- 1798. "Bloch is most conscientious",
I told him.
- 1799. It's true that personally
he's rather repulsive.
- 1800. His manners are bad
and he's dirty
- 1801. but as a client, I said,
"He's beyond reproach."
- 1802. Which was of course a
- 1803. And here's what the judge
replied to that...
- 1804. "Your, your client has
a kind of low cunning.
- 1805. "He's learned through the years how
to go on manipulating the situation.
- 1806. "What do you think he'd say
if we were to tell him
- 1807. "that the bell
- 1808. "marking the start of
- 1809. "hadn't even been rung."
- 1810. Quiet there, Bloch!
- 1811. Have you no shame, to behave
like that in front of a client?
- 1812. You're destroying his
confidence in me.
- 1813. What's wrong with you?
- 1814. You're still alive, aren't you?
- 1815. You're still under my protection.
- 1816. I hope you realize that I'm
- 1817. - dispensing with your services.
- You can still change
- 1818. your mind about that.
- 1819. To be in chains
- 1820. is sometimes safer
than to be free.
- 1821. - Where do you think you're going?
- Open the door.
- 1822. - You must be crazy.
- Open the door.
- 1823. - There's no place for you to go.
- Listen to him, he's crazy.
- 1824. If I hadn't made up my mind already,
that performance in there
- 1825. would have settled it forever.
- 1826. I think it was all put
on for my benefit
- 1827. to win me over.
- 1828. How far do you think you
could get without him?
- 1829. How far am I now?
- 1830. Not far away.
- 1831. You'd better see him.
- 1832. - Who, the high court judge?
- Don't be funny, of course not.
- 1833. I mean Titorelli.
- 1834. He's the official court painter,
he knows them all.
- 1835. They all come to his studio
to sit for their portraits.
- 1836. Nobody has more influence
with the judges than Titorelli.
- 1837. You really think he
could help me?
- 1838. That's his profession, really
- 1839. - as much as painting, helping people.
- Unlock the door will you.
- 1840. - Wait till tomorrow.
- Where are the keys?
- 1841. The advocate keeps the keys.
- 1842. Okay.
- 1843. Goodbye Leni and thanks.
- 1844. - You'll be back here.
- No. No.
- 1845. You won't have any choice.
- 1846. No Leni, I've seen what it is
to be one of his clients.
- 1847. I've seen what happened to Bloch.
- 1848. He's not a client.
- 1849. He's the advocate's dog.
- 1850. - Excuse me, is there a Mr. Titorelli?
- 1851. Artist living here.
- 1852. Do you know the
- 1853. What do you want him for?
- 1854. I want him to paint my portrait.
- 1855. Your portrait?
- 1856. Just get in, I'll get
rid of these girls.
- 1857. Lousy pests! Out!
- 1858. Out, I see you.
- 1859. Don't try your silly games.
He just wants to talk business.
- 1860. Out! You heard me kids.
- 1861. Out!
- 1862. Why don't stay in
somebody else's studio?
- 1863. Oh Oh, I can see you.
- 1864. I can see you. Don't think
you're fooling Titorelli.
- 1865. Why aren't you out of my studio?
- 1866. You both best apologize.
- 1867. You are silly little rascals.
- 1868. Out.
- 1869. Out.
- 1870. Out.
- 1871. I got home late last night that's why
everything is in such a mess.
- 1872. And just as I was tucking myself under
the covers a dreadful little claw
- 1873. reaches up and seizes me.
- 1874. She was there under the
bed of course, waiting.
- 1875. - Titorelli, can we come in now?
- No, you can't!
- 1876. - Not even me?
- 1877. I know some little pussy cats
who aren't going to be so pretty
- 1878. when Titorelli is through with them.
- 1879. Oh, I know some dirty minded
little pussies that are gonna wish
- 1880. their mom's had drowned
them in a bucket.
- 1881. I'll get my ice pick.
- 1882. Remember my ice pick...
- 1883. And what can I do for you, chum?
- 1884. I thought you might be able
to give me some advice.
- 1885. You wouldn't want to be
buying one of my pictures?
- 1886. Oh certainly. You're working
on a painting now?
- 1887. A portrait, not quite finished.
- 1888. It must be a judge.
- 1889. Judges are my speciality.
- 1890. What does that repre...
- 1891. represent?
- 1892. You can see for yourself,
- 1893. Yes, there's the...
- 1894. There's the bandage over
the eyes but aren't those
- 1895. Ouch.
- 1896. Aren't those wings
there on heels?
- 1897. My instructions were to
paint it that way.
- 1898. Why?
- 1899. Justice ought to stand still, don't you
think, or else the scales will waver
- 1900. and a just verdict
won't be possible.
- 1901. Actually it's justice and the
goddess of victory combined.
- 1902. What does she look like to you?
- 1903. Like the goddess of the hunt.
- 1904. In full cry.
- 1905. Titorelli, came we come in now?
- 1906. Nasty things, we're busy.
- 1907. You aren't really busy.
- 1908. You're going to paint him?
Please don't paint him,
- 1909. not another one like that.
- 1910. These girls belong to the court.
- 1911. Well actually,
- 1912. practically everything
belongs to the court.
- 1913. But it's behind the scenes,
here in this very studio
- 1914. that's where you
get your results.
- 1915. I forgot to ask you what kind
of acquittal you want.
- 1916. Ostensible, or definite acquittal
- 1917. Definite acquittal is the best but I
can't influence that kind of verdict.
- 1918. - Nobody can.
- 1919. I've never in my life heard
of a case of definite acquittal.
- 1920. What's wrong sir?
- 1921. There are windows,
something we can open?
- 1922. Oh, well there's plenty of air
comes in through those chinks.
- 1923. And if you want some ventilation you can
open that door just there behind you.
- 1924. The judge I'm painting now, for instance,
he always comes in by that door.
- 1925. I've had to give him a key for it
in case I have to be out.
- 1926. His armour usually arrives very early
when I'm still asleep.
- 1927. It's not exactly a soothing experience
you know to wake up in the morning
- 1928. and find a judge all dressed up
in those crazy ceremonial robes,
- 1929. climbing over your bed.
- 1930. He's taking off his jacket.
- 1931. They seem to think I'm going
to paint your portrait
- 1932. and that's why you've
taken off your jacket.
- 1933. What are the other alternatives?
- 1934. You mean your
- 1935. I told you ostensible acquittal,
or indefinite deferment.
- 1936. What's wrong, joy, not feeling well?
- 1937. No...
- 1938. must...
- 1939. must be the heat.
- 1940. If I open that door we have
those girls in here all over.
- 1941. Then don't do that.
- 1942. Well now with
- 1943. I write out an affidavit
of your innocence.
- 1944. And make the rounds off all
the judges I know personally,
- 1945. beginning with the one
I'm painting now.
- 1946. I explain to him that you're innocent
and myself guarantee that in...
- 1947. And if he believes you?
- 1948. As he very well might.
- 1949. No, we mustn't be
- 1950. Some of them are
bound to believe me.
- 1951. Yes, and I'll be free?
- 1952. Ostensibly...
- 1953. ostensibly free.
- 1954. Naturally the judges I know
all belong to the lowest rate.
- 1955. They haven't the power preserved
to the highest court of all
- 1956. to grant a final acquittal.
- 1957. - The highest court?
- Chum, that court
- 1958. is inaccessible to you,
- 1959. to me, to all of us.
- 1960. What the prospects
are of the will
- 1961. we just don't know.
- 1962. And we don't want to know.
I'm sure you understand.
- 1963. No, I'm not sure that I do.
- 1964. Oh, what they can do for you is to
relieve you of the burden of the charge.
- 1965. Lift it from your
shoulders for a time
- 1966. but it does hover around
up there above you.
- 1967. You see, indefinite acquittal
all the documents are annulled.
- 1968. But with ostensible acquittal your
whole dossier continues to circulate.
- 1969. Up to the higher courts,
down to the lower ones,
- 1970. up again, down.
- 1971. These oscillations and peregrinations
are just configurable.
- 1972. No use in trying
either, I suppose.
- 1973. Not a hope.
- 1974. I've known cases of an acquitted
man coming home from the court
- 1975. and finding the cops waiting there
to arrest him all over again.
- 1976. But then of course, theoretically,
it's always possible
- 1977. to get another ostensible acquittal.
- 1978. The second acquittal
wouldn't be final either.
- 1979. It's automatically followed
by the third arrest.
- 1980. The third acquittal,
by the fourth arrest.
- 1981. The fourth...
- 1982. You think a deferment
would suit you any better, do you?
- 1983. Well I...
- 1984. couldn't really say.
- 1985. Even then you can't
annul the case forever.
- 1986. Measures have to be taken...
- 1987. questions, interrogations,
- 1988. observations, more interrogations,
- 1989. Going already?
- 1990. I'll be...
- 1991. I'll be back to see
you again, very soon.
- 1992. I can't keep you to your
word, you know, Joey.
- 1993. Otherwise I'll have to
call in at your office
- 1994. and I know you wouldn't like that.
- 1995. Unlock this door, will you?
- 1996. You don't want to be
bothered by the girls.
- 1997. We'd better slip you
out this other way.
- 1998. - Now wait.
- What for?
- 1999. Would you like to see
some of my pictures?
- 2000. I'm sure there's at least one or
two of them you'd want to buy.
- 2001. Now here, this one.
- 2002. It's modern, you noticed,
it's an action painting.
- 2003. I call it "Wild Nature".
- 2004. I'll buy it.
- 2005. - Here's the companion picture.
- I'll take them both.
- 2006. You seem to like the subject.
- 2007. Yes, I do.
- 2008. I'll hang them in my office.
- 2009. By a lucky chance I've got another
on the very same thing.
- 2010. How much for the three?
- 2011. Oh, we'll settle that
for next time.
- 2012. Today you're in such a hurry, but
we're gonna keep in real close touch
- 2013. with each other from now on,
aren't we, Joey boy?
- 2014. This is the law court office?
- 2015. That seems to surprise you.
- 2016. I think what surprises me most is how
ignorant I am about everything
- 2017. concerning this court of yours.
- 2018. For an accused man
that's a mistake.
- 2019. He should never let himself
be caught napping.
- 2020. Never for a minute let
his eye stray to the left.
- 2021. When for all he knows that judge,
or somebody like that
- 2022. can be lurking a
little bit to the right.
- 2023. You...
- 2024. I...
- 2025. I make you very
uncomfortable, don't I?
- 2026. It distresses you to find
me in your company.
- 2027. Yes, I've been told about that.
- 2028. Before I thought you took me for a judge
or at least an official of the court.
- 2029. I even thought you were afraid of me
but what you're feeling is pain!
- 2030. You don't like what
you see, do you?
- 2031. It's my mouth.
- 2032. You think you can tell
from my mouth
- 2033. that I'm condemned.
- 2034. That I'm going to be found guilty.
- 2035. Guilty.
- 2036. Josef K!
- 2037. Josef K!
- 2038. - You are Josef K?
- 2039. You're an accused man.
- 2040. So I've been informed.
- 2041. Your case is going badly.
- 2042. My first petition hasn't
been offered yet.
- 2043. For the prisons your guilt has
assumed to have been proved.
- 2044. But I'm not guilty.
- 2045. For that matter...
- 2046. How can any man
be called guilty?
- 2047. We're all simply men here,
one as much as the other.
- 2048. The guilty always
talk like that.
- 2049. What do you propose to do now?
- 2050. Get more help.
- 2051. Help?
- 2052. There are several possibilities
I haven't explored yet.
- 2053. You expect too much from outside help,
especially from women.
- 2054. Women have influence.
- 2055. Take that examining magistrate,
- 2056. he has only to see a woman and
he'll climb over the bench and
- 2057. knock down the defendant
just to get his hands on her.
- 2058. Yeah, that's an aspect of the courts
you probably don't know about.
- 2059. Where's the door?
- 2060. I have to catch up on
my work at the office.
- 2061. After all...
- 2062. I'm assistant manager
of my department.
- 2063. What are you doing in church?
- 2064. Or am I still in church, or is this
one of the law court offices?
- 2065. I left my sickbed.
- 2066. Well or go back to your sickbed.
- 2067. Josef, you don't seriously believe
you can defend yourself?
- 2068. Big choice...
- 2069. Defend myself or defy you.
- 2070. - Defy the court?
- All of you.
- 2071. What's this?
- 2072. We use these visual aids.
- 2073. Lectures and sermons...
- 2074. Yes, how your particular
delusion is described,
- 2075. in the writings which
preface the law.
- 2076. Before the law there stands a guard.
- 2077. A man comes from the country
seeking admittance to the law.
- 2078. But the guard cannot admit him.
- 2079. Can the man hope to
enter at a later time?
- 2080. I've heard it before,
we've all heard it.
- 2081. The man is dying of old age
still waiting there.
- 2082. And just at the end the
guard tells him that the...
- 2083. door was meant
for him, only for him.
- 2084. The guard tells him
no one could enter this door.
- 2085. "And now, I'm going to close it."
- 2086. Some commentators have pointed out
that the man came to the door
- 2087. of his own free will.
- 2088. Are we supposed to
swallow all that?
- 2089. - It's all true?
- We needn't accept everything as true,
- 2090. only what's necessary.
- 2091. God, what a miserable conclusion.
- 2092. It turns lying into a
- 2093. By attempting to defy the court,
by such an obviously mad gesture
- 2094. you hope to plead insanity?
- 2095. You've laid some foundation
for that claim by appearing
- 2096. to believe yourself that you're
- 2097. victim of some kind
- 2098. That's a symptom of
lunacy isn't it?
- 2099. Delusions of persecution.
- 2100. Delusions?
- 2101. Well...
- 2102. I don't pretend to
be a martyr, no.
- 2103. Not even...
- 2104. a victim of society?
- 2105. I am a member of society.
- 2106. Do you think you can persuade
the court that you're not responsible,
- 2107. by reason of lunacy?
- 2108. I think that's what the
court wants me to believe.
- 2109. Yes, that's the conspiracy.
- 2110. To persuade us all that
the whole world is crazy.
- 2111. Formlessm
- 2112. meaningless, absurd.
- 2113. That's the dirty game.
- 2114. So, I've lost my case.
- 2115. What of it?
- 2116. You...
- 2117. You're losing too.
- 2118. It's all lost.
- 2119. Lost...
- 2120. So what?
- 2121. Does that sentence the
entire universe to lunacy?
- 2122. Can't you see anything at all?
- 2123. Of course I'm responsible.
- 2124. My son.
- 2125. I am not your son.
- 2126. You expect me to take the knife
and do the job myself?
- 2127. No, you'll have to do it.
- 2128. You.
- 2129. You.
- 2130. You.
- 2131. You!
- 2132. You!
- 2133. You!
- 2134. You dummy! You'll have to do it!
- 2135. You'll have to kill me!
- 2136. Come on, come on!
- 2137. This film, The Trial, was based
on the novel by Franz Kafka.
- 2138. That actors in the order
of their appearance were:
- 2139. Anthony Perkins,
- 2140. Arnoldo Foà,
- 2141. Jess Hahn,
- 2142. William Kearns,
- 2143. Madeleine Robinson,
- 2144. Jeanne Moreau,
- 2145. Maurice Teynac,
- 2146. Naydra Shore,
- 2147. Suzanne Flon,
- 2148. Raoul Delfosse,
- 2149. Jean-Claude Rémoleux,
- 2150. Max Buchsbaum,
- 2151. Carl Studer,
- 2152. Max Haufler,
- 2153. Romy Schneider,
- 2154. Fernand Ledoux,
- 2155. Akim Tamiroff,
- 2156. Elsa Martinelli,
- 2157. Thomas Holtzmann,
- 2158. Wolfgang Reichmann,
- 2159. William Chappell,
- 2160. and Michael Lonsdale.
- 2161. I played the advocate and
wrote and directed this film.
- 2162. My name is Orson Welles.