Le Corbeau | Chicago Reader

Le Corbeau

Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic, this 1943 thriller was shot in occupied France by Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear), and its story of a small town terrorized by anonymous poison-pen letters so effectively captures the national paranoia that after the war Clouzot was unjustly persecuted as anti-French. The outstanding cast includes Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. Otto Preminger remade this effectively in 1951 as The Thirteenth Letter, though his Quebec locations lack the earlier film's period interest. In French with subtitles.



  • Henri-Georges Clouzot


  • Pierre Fresnay
  • Ginette Leclerc
  • Pierre Larquey
  • Noel Roquevert
  • Antoine Belpetre
  • Jean Brochard
  • Louis Seigner
  • Robert Clermont
  • Palau
  • Marcel Delaitre

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