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Le Corbeau (1943)

Le corbeau (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 September 1943 (France)
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.

Director:

Henri-Georges Clouzot (as Henri Georges Clouzot)

Writers:

Louis Chavance (scenario), Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation) (as Henri Georges Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Fresnay ... Le docteur Rémy Germain
Ginette Leclerc ... Denise Saillens
Micheline Francey Micheline Francey ... Laura Vorzet
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Marie Corbin - l'infirmière
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La mercière
Sylvie ... La mère du cancéreux
Liliane Maigné Liliane Maigné ... Rolande Saillens
Pierre Larquey ... Le docteur Michel Vorzet
Noël Roquevert ... Saillens - la maître d'école
Bernard Lancret Bernard Lancret ... Le substitut
Antoine Balpêtré Antoine Balpêtré ... Le docteur Delorme (as Antoine Balpétré)
Jean Brochard ... Bonnevi - le trésorier de l'hôpital
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Le sous-préfet
Louis Seigner Louis Seigner ... Le docteur Bertrand
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... François - le cancéreux du 13
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Storyline

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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One of the Most Discussed Films in the History of French Cinema! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 September 1943 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Corbeau See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,452, 22 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,909, 6 September 2018
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Production Co:

Continental Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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The Power of Rumors
20 May 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the village of Saint Robin, the population receives poison pen letters signed as The Raven spreading rumors and accusations. Dr. Rémy Germain (Pierre Fresnay), who is having an affair with the social assistant Laura (Micheline Francey), the wife of the psychiatrist Dr. Michel Vorzet (Pierre Larquey) that works with him at the local hospital, is the main victim of The Raven. His affair is disclosed and he is also accused of abortionist. When a patient of the hospital commits suicide after receiving a letter telling that his cancer is terminal, the loathed nurse Marie Corbin (Héléna Manson) is arrested since people believe she is The Raven. But soon there are other letters and Dr. Vorzet tries to identify who might be the notorious Raven.

"Le Corbeau" is an intriguing film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, with the storyline about a mysterious character entitled The Raven that writes poison pen letters and the power of rumors and the effect in the population of a small town in France. The film was banned in France since it was produced by the German company Continental Films during World War II in the occupied France. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Corvo" ("The Raven")


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