227. Le Corbeau

31Oct10

Mysterious letters begin arriving to the citizens of a small town, all signed by Le Corbeau (The Raven).  Each letter contains outlandish slander, which nonetheless sends the town into a frenzy of accusation.  Henri-Georges Clouzot made this film during the Nazi occupation of France, which makes its themes of paranoia and invasion of privacy all the more poignant.  The performances are excellent, but what kept my attention was the plot, and the slow revelation of the characters’ inner lives.  Not to mention I thought I knew the identity of The Raven throughout the film, only to be proven entirely wrong at the end.



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