Le Corbeau (1943)

Le Corbeau




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Henri-Georges Clouzot
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2004



as Dr. Remy Germain

as Dr. Michel Avorzet

as Laura Avorzet

as Denise Saillens

as School Director Sail...

as M. Bonnevi

as Bertrand

as The Postmaster

as Marie Corbin

as Mother of cancerous ...

as The Small-Wear Deale...

as Magistrate

as Dr. Delorme

as The Sub-Prefect

as Francois the cancer ...
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Critic Reviews for Le Corbeau

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Polished, impersonal work, it puts forward little more than a spirit of free-floating misanthropy.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Clouzot, often called the French Hitchcock, is not just a master of suspense but is also most adroit at implicating his audience.

Full Review… | February 15, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A searching light on humanity's warts and pockmarks

Full Review… | November 17, 2009

Audience Reviews for Le Corbeau

An absorbing thriller that surprises us not only for the way its mystery becomes more and more gripping but also for its pessimistic view of mankind and of the rottenness hidden inside of us - and it came out in a perfect time for that sort of discussion during the German occupation of France.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I thought it was boring..

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer


This was quite a spooky flick. The mystery keeps you guessing even after the movie is over, if you know what I mean. Nevertheless, it's quite entertaining. A little bit of editing would have made it even better.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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