Le Corbeau
Le Corbeau (1943)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1943
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Clouzot, often called the French Hitchcock, is not just a master of suspense but is also most adroit at implicating his audience.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

A superb noir thriller.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

A searching light on humanity's warts and pockmarks

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TV Guide

Good performances, a fitting atmosphere, and some truly unique characterizations give a lift to an otherwise worn idea.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
danny d
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… More
Saskia D.
I thought it was boring..
Stella Dallas
superior french thriller made during the nazi occupation. a small town becomes infected by vicious gossip via 'poison pen' letters casting suspicion… More
familiar stranger
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.… More
Eric Broome
Perhaps most interesting for being produced during the Nazi occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Le Corbeau" ("The Raven") is… More