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The Raven

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Original title
Le Corbeau (The Raven)
Running time
92 min.
France France
Louis Chavance, H.G. Clouzot
Tony Aubin
Nicolas Hayer (B&W)
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Continental Films
Mystery. Drama | Small Town Life (Non-North American). Psychological Thriller
Synopsis / Plot
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.

Clouzot’s "Le Corbeau" is a dark and subversive study of human nature. He was condemned by the political left and right and the church upon its release in 1943, and was banned from filmmaking for two years after making the film.
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