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Le Corbeau (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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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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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, ici ou ailleurs. [Post War Version] 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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Continental Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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Referenced in L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (2009) See more »

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A little-known gem
10 July 2004 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

Although I pride myself on my knowledge of fine films, I must admit with a trace of embarrassment that I had never heard of this film before yesterday, when a brief blurb on the Turner Classic Movies schedule prompted me to watch it. My principal motivation for watching it was that it was directed by Clouzot, whose "Diabolique" and "Wages of Fear" are favorites of mine. What a find! While not quite the equal of "Diabolique," it comes very close, and it is the equal of anything by Hitchcock. Viewed simply as a thriller, it is marvelous, but it is much more than that. It is a profound character study and a howl of rage at the small-mindedness and pettiness of small town bourgeois communities. Considering that it was made during the German occupation, it can also be viewed as about as scathing a critique of Gestapo methods as a director could be expected to make without risking his life.

After I saw "The Sorrow and The Pity" in 1971, I held the belief that any French artist who continued to work during the occupation was a legitimate target for criticism. Since then I have moderated this view somewhat. After all, who among us can honestly say what we would do in a similar situation? While there is no excuse for collaboration, can an artist be criticized for staying in his country and making a protest in the only way he can? I think that is what Clouzot did here, and the result is a masterwork. I only wish this were more widely known and publicized. 10/10


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