Le Corbeau (1943)
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A small French village is plagued by a poison-pen writer, whose principal target is Doctor Germain (Pierre Fresnay). The vitriolic letters wreak so much havoc that soon neighbor turns upon neighbor. Eventually, even the doctor himself becomes one of the suspects, as the townspeople are driven to commit paranoia-fueled crimes and suicides. The actual culprit is revealed to be one of the least likely candidates. Though it can now be seen to be a subliminal indictment of the paranoia fomented by
Jan 1, 1943 Wide
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This exposé of a malicious small town in France must be one of the most depressed films to emerge from the period of the German Occupation.
Clouzot, often called the French Hitchcock, is not just a master of suspense but is also most adroit at implicating his audience.
Very shrewdly designed to work as a mystery thriller -- complete with red herrings -- and it undeniably holds the viewer's interest throughout with the mystery.
It's the kind of seriously offensive in-your-face psychological thriller that would make a hell of a double-feature with Dreyer's Day of Wrath.
Good performances, a fitting atmosphere, and some truly unique characterizations give a lift to an otherwise worn idea.
It's so deftly made, superbly acted and relentlessly bitter that it manages to condemn repression, hypocrisy and those eager to be judgmental on a universal level.
A sophisticated and morally complex look at the things that damaged people living in a dangerous time will do
An intense mystery and a dead-on satire of small-town morals
An engrossing suspense film that was directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1943 during the Nazi Occupation of France.
It's a subversive work and masterful suspense thriller that's the equal of anything Hitchcock ever put his name to.
Unfairly dismissed in the 1940s as pro-Nazi propaganda, this electrifying work represents a singularly pessimistic vision of the human condition from one of cinema's most bracingly misanthropic directors.
A shrewd glimpse into the heart and mind of Vichy France, disclosing a kind of 20-century Salem.
Single images in Le Corbeau are freighted with a more accurate sense of malevolence and dread than can be mustered by the Lord of the Rings movies.
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