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The Fire Within (1963)

Le feu follet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 October 1966 (USA)
Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

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Yvonne Clech ...
Mademoiselle Farnoux
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D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
Mona Dol ...
Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier ...
Moraine
René Dupuy ...
Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine ...
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Ursula Kubler ...
Fanny
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Eva
Alain Mottet ...
Urcel
François Gragnon ...
François Minville
Romain Bouteille ...
Jérôme Minville
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good old days' friends. None of them will be helpful, increasing Alain's distress. Written by Yepok

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Erik Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1 which can be heard in this movie also appeared in "My Dinner with Andre" by the same director, Louis Malle. See more »

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As Alain walks on the streets of Paris, the crew (pushing the dolly) is visible on the shop windows he passes by. See more »

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Alain Leroy: Tomorrow, I kill myself.
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Featured in Malle's Fire Within (2008) See more »

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Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1
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Bleak House
1 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE FIRE WITHIN chronicles the last chapter in the life of a failed writer who is locked in a struggle with existential despair. Alain Leroy is presently in a hospice undergoing treatment for alcoholism, and he is clearly hung-up on the same dilemma that perplexed Shakespeare's Hamlet-should he continue with his lackluster existence, or end the hopelessness of it all? Always the ladies man, he now feels that he was never able to touch or connect with any of the passions of his nature, and alcohol allowed him a safe haven while he awaited his real life to commence. But, it never did. He spends his last few days visiting with old friends trying to uncover an answer to his problem, but finds no solace in their warmth and encouragement. The film follows the premise to the logical conclusion, but whether we were watching the buildup to a suicide was really not the prime concern of the movie. Malle's film succeeds in that he is able to present a three dimensional character at a significant crossroads in his life. Also, the film contains many wonderful scenes of Paris street life from the early 1960's which further increases the richness of this movie.


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