Although Psycho was a huge success in terms of public opinion, box office and critical appreciation, the movies Perkins made after Psycho never achieved the same degree of success, although some of them were moderately successful. In 1962, Perkins starred as Josef K in the splendorous movie The Trial. Directed by Orson Welles – which also had the role of the antagonist – it was an adaptation of the eponymous Franz Kafka’s famous novel. A fantastic movie, it is awkwardly strange that it didn’t matched Psycho in terms of success, and that Anthony Perkins’ performance as Joseph K it is not as remembered as his role in Psycho. A marvelous adaptation, such a wonderful movie definitely deserved to be considered one of the greatest films ever made. Filmed in several locations all over Europe, it is certainly one of the few great cinematographic pearls in Perkins filmography, and remains being one of the most realistic and impressive adaptations from a work by Franz Kafka.
Nevertheless, from the very end of the sixties to the mid-seventies, Perkins’ choices on movie roles, as well as the possibilities offered to him, were decreasing and becoming progressively narrowed. And from then on, would just become worst. Soon, although in some of these pieces Perkins had starring roles – like the very good 1970 TV movie How Awful About Allan – the actor was confined mostly to Television films and B-movies. And his luck in the industry would never become any better, for the remainder of his life. The role of Norman Bates has proved to be a very sinuous career move for Perkins: although it gave him fame, notoriety, more possibilities and a decent salary at least for some of the projects he was in, it severely damaged his reputation and career, making him typecast to a degree. A lot of the movies he was solicited to participate were merely low budget films with fragile stories, upon which he was given the role of a sadistic psychotic maniac: an easy way to say these were futile repetitions of the Norman Bates character, the only thing he could really play realistically, at the perspective of movie industry executives.
From the mid-eighties, Perkins began to fight in private a tremendous personal difficulty: he was suffering from Aids, but disclosed this to the public only several years after discovering he had been infected. Even dying, and suffering from a very precarious health, he hadn’t slowed down his professional output, working vehemently until he died, in September 1992, sixty years old, from Aids related causes.
Nonetheless, his fifties and sixties career were a glorious period, upon which he worked on the most remarkable and artistic movies ever made. Although not all of these were major box office successes, a lot of them are exceedingly excellent, proverbial and poetic. If you like beautiful and astoundingly marvelous old movies like me, you certainly can’t lose the beautiful pieces of the era, especially the ones that has Anthony Perkins in lead, or secondary roles. You will certainly feel a joyful amazement, while watching it.