Theatrical Release Date: 01 Feb 2005
Home Ent. Release Date: 13 Mar 2005
Henri-George Clouzot’s (The Wages of Fear, Les Diaboliques) Le Corbeau is a dark and subversive study of human nature starring Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. This digitally re-mastered classic noir will be released on DVD by Optimum Home Entertainment and is essential viewing from the director often dubbed the “French Hitchcock”. A wave of hysteria sweeps the small provincial town of St Robin when a series of poisen-pen letters signed “Le Corbeau” (The Raven) appear denouncing several prominent members of society. Starting with the village doctor, the slow sinister trickle of letters soon becomes a flood and no one is safe from the malicious accusations, which include abortion and drug addiction. Beneath the town’s respectful and calm surface lurks a darker side in which everyone is a suspect. With the towns people afraid to accuse each other for fear of being accused, suspicion and hatred reach epidemic levels. Condemned by the political left and right and the church upon its release in 1943, Clouzot was banned from filmmaking for two years after making the film.