Le Corbeau
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Clouzot, often called the French Hitchcock, is not just a master of suspense but is also most adroit at implicating his audience."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A superb noir thriller."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A masterful blend of dark misanthropy and small-town hysteria"
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"either way you want to look at the film, Clouzot was right"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Polished, impersonal work, it puts forward little more than a spirit of free-floating misanthropy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's the kind of seriously offensive in-your-face psychological thriller that would make a hell of a double-feature with Dreyer's Day of Wrath."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's so deftly made, superbly acted and relentlessly bitter that it manages to condemn repression, hypocrisy and those eager to be judgmental on a universal level."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"An intense mystery and a dead-on satire of small-town morals"
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"A searching light on humanity's warts and pockmarks"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Good performances, a fitting atmosphere, and some truly unique characterizations give a lift to an otherwise worn idea."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A sophisticated and morally complex look at the things that damaged people living in a dangerous time will do"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"An engrossing suspense film that was directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1943 during the Nazi Occupation of France."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
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