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Title:
Le Corbeau The raven
Author:
Chavance, Louis.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2004]

©1943
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 91 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an ccupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1943.

Special features: new digital transfer, with restored image and sound; video interview with Bertrand Tavernier, director of "Coup de Torchon"; excerpts from "The story of French Cinema by those who made it: Grand illusion, 1939-1942", a 1975 documentary featuring Henri-Georges Clouzot; new essay by film scholar Alan Williams, author of "Republic of images: a history of French fimmaking".

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
French
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780780027862
UPC:
037429186022
Format :
DVD

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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 The 13th Letter (1951). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi