Orson Welles with his daughter Beatrice on the set of The Trial.
Wheldon: How do you feel about The Trial? Have you pulled it off? Welles: You know, this morning when I arrived on the train, I ran into Peter Ustinov and his new film, Billy Budd has just opened. I said to him, “How do you feel about your film, do you like it?” He said, “I don’t like it, I’m proud of it!” I wish that I had his assurance and his reason for assurance, for I’m sure that is the right spirit in which to reply. I feel an immense gratitude for the opportunity to make it, and I can tell you that during the making of it, not with the cutting, because that’s a terrible chore, but with the actual shooting of it, that was the happiest period of my entire life. So say what you like, but The Trial is the best film I have ever made.