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Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
"Le corbeau" (original title)

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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

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(as Henri Georges Clouzot)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Fresnay ...
Le docteur Rémy Germain
Ginette Leclerc ...
Denise Saillens
Micheline Francey ...
Laura Vorzet
Héléna Manson ...
Marie Corbin, l'infirmière
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
La mercière
Sylvie ...
La mère du cancéreux
Liliane Maigné ...
Rolande Saillens
Pierre Larquey ...
Michel Vorzet
Noël Roquevert ...
Saillens, la maître d'école
Bernard Lancret ...
Le substitut
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Le docteur Delorme (as Antoine Balpétré)
Jean Brochard ...
Bonnevie, le trésorier de l'hôpital
Pierre Bertin ...
Le sous-préfet
Louis Seigner ...
Bertrand
Roger Blin ...
François, le cancéreux du 13
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A vicious series of poison-pen letters spreads rumours, suspicion and fear among the inhabitants of a small French town, and one after another, they turn on each other as their hidden secrets are unveiled - but the one secret that no-one can uncover is the identity of the letters' author... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Une petite ville comme il en est tant en France. [Original Version] See more »


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28 September 1943 (France)  »

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The Raven  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The screenplay is based on a true story which took place in Tulle (Corrèze, France) in the 1920s. See more »

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[first lines]
Le docteur Rémy Germain: [washes blood off his arms] I saved the mother.
Grand-mother: And the baby?
Le docteur Rémy Germain: No.
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Referenced in Camp de Thiaroye (1988) See more »

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The Raven Never More
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is one thing that the French do better than almost any country, they produce first class cinema. Le Corbeau (The Raven) is no exception. Director Henri-Georges Clouzot makes a fine film from a popular novel about real poison pen strife in Tulane France during Vichy France in the early 40's.

The first thing an American would notice about the film, there are references, nay, there are actual scenes of passion and sex, clothed, but obvious between Pierre Fresnay of the pencil mustache and Ginette Leclerc of the lacquered lips in a 1943 film. It's subdued, and the biting of the hand scene is a little pulpy, but these folks want to do it. Americans would have to wait for Bogart and Bacall before they got some steam.

Since the Nazi's were essentially in control of France at the time, they thought an anti-informant film a bad idea. They hated it, but the French audience's ground down by what was essentially a military defeat and then an occupation, were thrilled by the tension and mystery of Le Corbeau. There are many secrets about the townspeople that complicate life in this tense little town until the culprit has a comeuppance. There are a number of classic original scenes like the light bulb scene or the avenging angel scene. This one holds up very well.


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