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Deception's Master: Two by Clouzot

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To mark the birthday of the great French master of suspense, we offer two masterworks produced in the turbulent, contrasting historical moments of occupied and post-war France. Inside both films’ complex cobwebs of deceptive games, they offer an essential look at a society in crises and rehabilitation.

Quay of the Goldsmiths

Henri-Georges Clouzot France, 1947


The oft controversial Clouzot adapted his stray memories of Stanislas-André Steeman’s inciting novel into this marvelous free-form crime-thriller. Set in the desperate yet equally promising times of post-war France, Quai de Orfèvres threw out the rule book to make something both audacious and true.

Le corbeau

Henri-Georges Clouzot France, 1943


Today we celebrate Henri-Georges Clouzot’s birthday with his sophomore masterpiece, Le corbeau. Going so far as working with a German studio in occupied France, Clouzot deceptively slipped social critique into this tale of small town duplicity. A dark yet essential exposé of the French bourgeois.

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