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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Le Corbeau (1943) (Blu-ray) (1 Viewer)

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A mysterious writer of poison-pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau (the Raven), plagues a provincial French town, exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community’s calm surface. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, this film by Henri-Georges Clouzot was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, and the Catholic Church, and was banned after the country’s liberation. But some—including Jean Cocteau and Jean-Paul Sartre—recognized the powerful subtext to Clouzot’s anti-informant, anti-Gestapo fable and worked to rehabilitate his directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing that turns an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem.

FILM INFO​

  • France
  • 1943
  • 91 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  • Spine #227

    SPECIAL FEATURES​

    • New 4K restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Interview with filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
    • Excerpts from The Story of French Cinema by Those Who Made It: Grand Illusions 1939–1942, a 1975 documentary featuring director Henri-Georges Clouzot
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Alan Williams

      New cover by Jic Clubb

      September 20, 2022

 

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