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Writers:
Louis Chavance (scenario)
Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
28 September 1943 (France) See more »
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Une petite ville comme il en est tant en France. [Original Version] See more »
Plot:
French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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
Robert Clermont ... Monsieur de Maquet
Palau ... Le receveur de P.T.T.
Marcel Delaître ... Le dominicain (as Marcel Delaitre)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Barge ... Un homme (uncredited)
Lucienne Bogaert ... La provocatrice chez le docteur Germain (uncredited)
Albert Brouett ... Un suspect (uncredited)
Marie-Jacqueline Chantal ... Une suspecte (uncredited)
Nicole Chollet ... La bonne de Vorzet (uncredited)
Etienne Decroux ... Le garçon du cercle (uncredited)
Gustave Gallet ... Fayolle (uncredited)
Palmyre Levasseur ... Une commère (uncredited)
Albert Malbert ... Le Suisse (uncredited)
Pâquerette ... Une suspecte (uncredited)
Eugène Yvernès ... Un suspect (uncredited)

Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot  (as Henri Georges Clouzot)
 
Writing credits
Louis Chavance (scenario)

Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation and dialogue) (as Henri Georges Clouzot) and
Louis Chavance (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
René Montis .... producer (uncredited)
Raoul Ploquin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Tony Aubin 
 
Cinematography by
Nicolas Hayer 
 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Beaugé (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Andrej Andrejew  (as André Andrejew)
Hermann Wann (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Le corbeau" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
When France was liberated from the German occupation, some crew and cast members of the film were suspended from working in the film industry because they had worked for Continental Films, a German company: actor Noël Roquevert was suspended for 3 months, production designer Andrej Andrejew for 9 months, actress Micheline Francey for a year, and the director Henri-Georges Clouzot for two years.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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Dark And Subversive, 28 October 2010
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Someone unknown sends a series of slanderous letters to various people in a small French town, the motive apparently being to drive a local medical doctor out. The letters are signed: "The Raven".

On the face of it, the story is a kind of whodunit. Who is the Raven, and what motivates him or her? That's the mystery. There's no shortage of suspects, including the very doctor who supposedly is being hounded.

But the film, released during the dregs of the Nazi regime in Germany, contains relevant political subtext and themes, not the least of which is the idea that someone, anyone, can be an informer. Knowing a town's dirty little secrets, the rumors, people's weaknesses and vices can be deadly in the hands of someone with a penchant for writing, and a desire to tell all. What the raven writes is to some extent true. And the truth turns the townsfolk against each other.

The raven, as an anonymous entity, functions as a whistle blower, a snitch, a spy, a secret agent, a kind of Deep Throat. Thematically, the film is dark and subversive.

The film's B&W lighting is noirish and effective. I especially liked the sequence where a naked light bulb hanging down from the ceiling gets swung back and forth, like a pendulum, as two characters converse about moral pendulums of right and wrong, sanity and insanity, light and darkness. Where does one begin and the other end, asks a character.

Although "The Raven" gets off to a slow start, the plot and the thematic import do pick up. Two-thirds in, the film curves deep, both as a whodunit and in its cinematic statement on the issues germane to whistle blowing and informing.

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