Le Corbeau

1948

Le Corbeau (1948)

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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 (7)

Clouzot, always a painstaking filmmaker, has constructed a plot of fiendish intricacy whose wild twists implicate one character after another until justice is finally served.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie squirms with mistrust, and burrows deep.

Apr 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic.

Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jan 11, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Clouzot, often called the French Hitchcock, is not just a master of suspense but is also most adroit at implicating his audience.

Feb 15, 2005

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

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½

I thought it was boring..

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

½

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

one of the most controversial films of all time, clouzot could have lost his career for some of this films undertones were it not for support from philosophers and other film makers with some influence. the film is marvelous, tangling a very interesting web of sub plots and philosophies into a thriller that delivers incredible suspense despite the fact the chaos was delivered more through menacing words than acts of violence. i thought i had the culprit, infamously dubbed "the raven", pegged early on, but clouzot through me a few solid curve balls in the end to leave me doubting until the reveal, which i got wrong. a great thriller and a must see from early french cinema.

danny d
danny d

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