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Le Corbeau Details


A small French village is plagued by a poison-pen writer, whose principal target is Doctor Germain (Pierre Fresnay). The vitriolic letters wreak so much havoc that soon neighbor turns upon neighbor. Eventually, even the doctor himself becomes one of the suspects, as the townspeople are driven to commit paranoia-fueled crimes and suicides. The actual culprit is revealed to be one of the least likely candidates. Though it can now be seen to be a subliminal indictment of the paranoia fomented by the Nazi occupation of France, Le Corbeau (aka The Raven) was condemned as unpatriotic after the liberation, and director Henri-Georges Clouzot was banned from filmmaking until 1947. Based on a story by Clouzot and Louis Chavance, Le Corbeau was remade in Hollywood by Otto Preminger as Otto Preminger (1951). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 28, 1943


Pierre Fresnay
as Dr. Remy Germain
Pierre Larquey
as Dr. Michel Avorzet
Ginette Leclerc
as Denise Saillens
Noël Roquevert
as School Director Saillens
Jean Brochard
as M. Bonnevi
Louis Seigner
as Bertrand
Helena Manson
as Marie Corbin
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
as The Small-Wear Dealer
Bernard Lancret
as Magistrate
Roger Blin
as Francois, the cancer patient
Bernard Lancret
as Magistrate
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
as The Small-Wear Dealer


Henri-Georges Clouzot
Henri-Georges Clouzot
Louis Chavance
Marguerite Beauge