Saturday, 12 November 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 326: Tue Nov 22

Le Corbeau (Clouzot, 1943): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.10pm

This 35mm screening is part of the French Noir season at BFI Southbank. Full details here. The film will be introduced by Catherine Wheatley from King's College London.

Chicago Reader review:
Suffocatingly corrosive and misanthropic, this 1943 thriller was shot in occupied France by Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear), and its story of a small town terrorized by anonymous poison-pen letters so effectively captures the national paranoia that after the war Clouzot was unjustly persecuted as anti-French. The outstanding cast includes Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. Otto Preminger remade this effectively in 1951 as The Thirteenth Letter, though his Quebec locations lack the earlier film's period interest.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Ticket holders get free entry to 'Ethics and Existentialism in Le Corbeau and French Film Noir' at the cinema at 8pm on the same night. Details here.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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