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Le Corbeau (1943)

Le corbeau (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 September 1943 (France)
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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(scenario), (adaptation) (as Henri Georges Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Micheline Francey ...
Laura Vorzet
Héléna Manson ...
Marie Corbin - l'infirmière
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
La mercière
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La mère du cancéreux
Liliane Maigné ...
Rolande Saillens
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Saillens - la maître d'école
Bernard Lancret ...
Le substitut
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Le docteur Delorme (as Antoine Balpétré)
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Bonnevi - le trésorier de l'hôpital
Pierre Bertin ...
Le sous-préfet
Louis Seigner ...
Le docteur 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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28 September 1943 (France)  »

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Le Corbeau  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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In the real story, the letters were signed "The Eye of the Tiger" and not "The Raven". The director chose the latter signature after the description of the accused made by a journalist during the 1922 trial: "She looks like a small bird who folded its wings." Interestingly after this movie the word "raven" stayed in the French language ("corbeau") to designate someone who sends anonymous letters. It is a very rare example of a movie expression influencing language. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Raven Never More
21 July 2005 | by 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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