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Le Corbeau (The Raven) (1943)
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Starring: Pierre Fresnay, Jeanne Fusier-Gir, Pierre Larquey, Ginettte Leclerc, Liliane Maigne, Helena Manson, Noel Roquevert, Sylvie
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Category: Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Criterion
Subtitles:
English
Length:
91 mins

 
 

 

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A mysterious writer of poison pen letters known only as Le Corbeau (The Raven) plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Made during the Nazi Occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Corbeau was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, the Catholic Church, and was banned after the Liberation. But some-including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre-recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot's anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable, and worked to rehabilitate Clouzot's directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth century Salem.

 
 
   
   

 
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