Le Corbeau

Le Corbeau

Synopsis

A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective 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 a spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem.

Technical Specs

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Year: 1942
Country: France
Language: French
Duration: 90 min
Colour: B/W
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Certificate: PG
Alternate Title: The Raven