I was once interested in a project to convince Orson Welles to record a commentary for “Citizen Kane”. It seemed like a good idea, but it’s not the Big Mama who says he’s made a lot of other movies called “Kane” and is tired of talking about it.
One thing he might have spoken of was “Trial” (1963), Franz Kafka’s version of the accused story of a man – something, he does not know. Anthony Perkins had a baroque visual style in the “Psycho” post- “Psycho” mode, and he lived several times after “Kane” the time when he reinforced Welles’ vision on the screen. Trial movie negativity was supposed to have disappeared for years, but it was rediscovered, restored and played again at the Film Center this week.