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.
Le Corbeau stands tall above and beyond the criticisms of the day as a biting comment on the degenerative effects of using vicious and paranoid practices to bind together in fear any society of people.
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.
The movie is a veritable masterwork of communal paranoia, self-loathing and general discontent...
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.
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