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The Fire Within (1963)
"Le feu follet" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  7 October 1966 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Léna Skerla ...
Yvonne Clech ...
Mademoiselle Farnoux
Hubert Deschamps ...
D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
Mona Dol ...
Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier ...
Moraine
René Dupuy ...
Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine ...
Bernard Noël ...
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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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The Minville twins, well-off OAS sympathisers, were added to the script by Malle as a criticism of right wing nouvelle vague directors and their support for the French occupation of Algeria. 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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Eva: Sleep is all I believe in.
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My favorite film
17 August 1999 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Wonderful study of the last day in the life of a man. This movie has one specific scene where Alan Leroy (Maurice Ronet), sitting at a cafe in Paris, takes his first alcoholic drink after months of rehabilitation. This scene is complimented by stunning photography of Chislain Cloquet and the haunting music of Eric Satie. Malle captures the true meaning of existentialist philosophy and manages to create a movie that does not wallow in self-pity but instead celebrates our ability to choose whether to live or die.


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