The Trial

  • 1948
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

After having made two films for the Nazis during World War II, the great G.W. Pabst seemed to be in need of a way to redeem himself. By the standards of what Pabst was capable, this is a mediocre condemnation of anti-Semitism. Set in the late 19th century, the story concerns the trial of several Hungarian Jews for the murder of a young girl who actually...read more

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After having made two films for the Nazis during World War II, the great G.W. Pabst seemed to be in need of a way to redeem himself. By the standards of what Pabst was capable, this is a mediocre condemnation of anti-Semitism. Set in the late 19th century, the story concerns the trial of

several Hungarian Jews for the murder of a young girl who actually committed suicide. A famous lawyer takes up the case on the basis of religious freedom for all people, and does a good enough job of proving his points to win a verdict of innocent. Though Pabst was still a very capable filmmaker

at this point in his career, he seemed to let sentimentalism get the better of him in several sequences in this picture. Part of the service in the synagog is sung by famous Hungarian cantor Ladislaus Morgenstern.

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  • Review: After having made two films for the Nazis during World War II, the great G.W. Pabst seemed to be in need of a way to redeem himself. By the standards of what Pabst was capable, this is a mediocre condemnation of anti-Semitism. Set in the late 19th century,… (more)

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