A mysterious writer of poison pen letters known only as Le Corbeau (The Raven) plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Made during the Nazi Occupation of France, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Corbeau was attacked by the right-wing Vichy regime, the left-wing Resistance press, the Catholic Church, and was banned after the 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 Clouzot's directorial reputation after the war. Le Corbeau brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth century Salem.
- Starring: Pierre Fresnay, Helena Manson, Micheline Francey, Ginette Leclerc
- Format: DVD, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: Criterion Collection
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Catalogue #: 227
- Video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Torchon)
- Excerpts From The Story Of French Cinema By Those Who Made It: Grand Illusions 1939-1942, a 1975 Documentary Featuring Henri-Geroges Clouzot
- 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Alan Williams, author of Republic Of Images: A History Of French Filmmaking, and two articles from a 1947 French newspaper that reveal the scandal and controversy behind "the Corbeau affair"
- Theatrical trailer