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Le Corbeau (1943)

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 the Nazi occupation of France, Le Corbeau (aka The Raven) was condemned as unpatriotic after the liberation, and director Henri-Georges Clouzot was banned from filmmaking until 1947. Based on a story by Clouzot and Louis Chavance, Le Corbeau was remade in Hollywood by Otto Preminger as The 13th Letter (1951). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Pierre Fresnay
as Dr. Remy Germain
Pierre Larquey
as Dr. Michel Avorzet
Micheline Francey
as Laura Avorzet
Ginette Leclerc
as Denise Saillens
Noël Roquevert
as School Director Saillens
Jean Brochard
as M. Bonnevi
Louis Seigner
as Bertrand
as The Postmaster
Héléna Manson
as Marie Corbin
as Mother of cancerous Francois
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
as The Small-Wear Dealer
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 (23) | Top Critics (4)

Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic.

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

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

January 11, 2008 | Full Review…
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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

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.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A searching light on humanity's warts and pockmarks

November 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Corbeau

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I thought it was boring..

Saskia D.
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
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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