Le Corbeau

1948

Le Corbeau

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89%

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Total Count: 28

91%

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Movie Info

The drama is set in a French village where some nasty soul has been causing a local uproar by sending poison pen letters to prominent citizens. The prime target is the local doctor with the mysterious past; as the town paranoia increases, it is he who becomes the prime suspect, but in the end, the real culprit, the is revealed. He is the last person any one would have suspected.

Cast

Pierre Fresnay
as Le docteur Rémy Germain
Ginette Leclerc
as Denise Saillens
Micheline Francey
as Laura Vorzet
Pierre Larquey
as Michel Vorzet
Louis Seigner
as Bertrand
Palau
as Mail Superintendent
Héléna Manson
as Marie Corbin
Sylvie
as Mother of `No. 13'
Bernard Lancret
as Magistrate
Antoine Balpêtré
as Dr. Delorme
Pierre Bertin
as The Sub-Prefect
Roger Blin
as Francois, the cancer patient
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Critic Reviews for Le Corbeau

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Le Corbeau

  • Oct 17, 2014
    An absorbing thriller that surprises us with the way its mystery becomes always more gripping and with its pessimistic view of mankind and the rottenness hidden inside all of us - and it came out in a perfect time for that sort of discussion during the German occupation of France.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    A little dated now, but a nice early piece by master Clouzot.
    Wu C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    A controversial mystery masterpiece of superb craft which thrilling atmosphere is exceptionally highlighted by its religious subcontext and an ending of Gothical proportions. It's wonderful how the opening, lit scene of the film contrasts the "dark angel of vengeance" of the final shot. Clouzot was a genius. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    Perhaps most interesting for being produced during the Nazi occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Le Corbeau" ("The Raven") is chock full of topical secrecy, conspiracy and paranoia. Its themes were controversial enough that Clouzot wasn't able to direct another film until almost four years later. Some wicked person begins sending anonymous, poison-pen letters around a small French town. They are inked in a distinctive style and signed "Le Corbeau." The notes' main target is Dr. Rémy Germain, whose vulnerable spots are his dalliances with women and a willingness to give abortions (a daring ingredient for a 1943 film). At least initially, the slanderous accusations greatly damage his stature in the community. The town becomes more and more agitated as the taunts continue to arrive in mailboxes, and the uproar reaches a frenzy after one note causes a suicide. The tricky script sets up multiple plausible suspects and remains suspenseful, but scene after scene of misplaced suspicions and aghast letter readings threatens to turn repetitive. And the final act is gimmicky to the point of stretching credibility -- suddenly, the reality of this world fades and we're only watching someone's flashy screenplay. Clouzot's direction fails to excite beyond one scene lit by a swinging light bulb -- this is workmanlike storytelling. And unfortunately, the idea of "poison-pen letters" seems a bit dated in this age of email and blogs. Fans hoping for the thrills of "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear" may be disappointed.
    Eric B Super Reviewer

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