One of the most influential films in the history of French cinema, Le
Corbeau describes the breakdown of civic order in a small provincial
town when a rash of poison pen letters spreads suspicion among
the local citizens: adultery, theft, even murder—there is no limit to
the allegations set forth in the anonymous letters signed with the
mysterious image of a crow. Many of the accusations focus on Doctor
Rémy Germain, a recent arrival who is known to help women facing
unwanted pregnancies, but who is probably not alone in having a
secret or two. Made under the German Occupation, Le Corbeau was
a tremendous public success upon its release but its coal-black
depiction of French life—and its not-so-subtle reference to the culture
of denunciation under the Nazis—proved highly controversial after the
Liberation. Clouzot was initially given a lifetime ban from filmmaking;
it took several years for him to be reinstated and for Le Corbeau to
be recognized as a masterpiece of mise-en-scène, mood, and moral
complexity. In France, it remains the go-to reference whenever the
veil is lifted on some ugliness simmering beneath the surface of an
apparently tranquil community.

Henri-Georges Clouzot

Henri-Georges Clouzot
Louis Chavance

Pierre Fresnay
Ginette Leclerc
Micheline Francey

Drama, Thriller
92 min.
France, 1943
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

Rialto Pictures

$350 DVD/Blu-Ray
$450 DCP