Le Corbeau

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Released 1943

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Le Corbeau

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Director:
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Released:
1943
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Le Corbeau is a 1943 French film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. The film is notable in that it was produced by a German production company, Continental Films, in France at the beginning of World War II. Perceived as vilifying the French people, Cluozot was banned from directing in France for life. While the ban was eventually lifted, the intrigue surrounding the film remains. The film itself takes place in a small town in France. Anonymous letters signed by "Le Corbeau" or the Raven start appearing around town. The first of these letters accuses doctor Remy Germain (Pierre Fresnay) of having an affair with Laura Vorzet (Micheline Francey), the wife of town psychiatrist Dr. Vorzet (Pierre Larquey). Next, Germain is accused of conducting abortions. Letters are eventually sent to almost everyone in town, each worst than the last, each accusing Germain of some transgression. When a letter is sent to one of Germain's patients telling him that he is terminal, the patient commits suicide with Germain's straight razor. Maire Corbin (Helena Manson) a nurse at the infirmary, becomes a suspect but is soon cleared of suspicion. Others soon follow as suspense builds to a final conclusion and the town is ripped apart by lies and false accusations.moreless

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Thrillers, Foreign Language, Classics, Psychological