It seems unlikely that Clouzot could be one of Chabrol's parents since he was slipped into the "cinéma de papa" bag, being not exactly a reference for the filmmakers related to Nouvelle Vague. And yet, this chronic of bourgeois pettiness is so Chabrolian that impresses its existence "avant la lettre". If bourgeois are like pigs, some cinema that swept them is not, because the more time passes, the more it refines.
Clouzot en otra historia sobre un "anónimo" hábil y tramposo partiendo desde la idea de un pueblo (cualquier, se dice) que esconde una serie de secretos que serán punto de partida para una difamación. "El cuervo" es el ingreso al psico-social, el miedo a los pecados develados, pero sobretodo una lectura al cinismo, uno que no solo recae en el responsable criminal, sino en todo un pueblo. Un final de antología.
Excellent psychological drama scores with a razor sharp screenplay that deftly balances the complexities of its engrossing characters. There were moments that could have been played with a bit more tension rather than cold detachment, but that's a debatable creative choice. A classic.
A dark, bitter masterpiece that's not only a damn fine thriller but a bold evisceration of Vichy France. Respected authority figures are exposed as villains, the Vichy ideal of the respectable family woman is undermined, and of course, the plot involving anonymous letters speaks to the reality of paranoia and denunciation prominent during the Occupation.
Though the conecpt was interesting, and the topics exposed during the film were very taboo for this, I didn't find myself extremely intrigued by the film. There weren't many shots to admire, and the look was too American to me (but i get picky). Again the abortion slander campaign & someone being intelligent and diabolical enough to carry out this smear spree on this entire town in the film was a great plot driver.