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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Léna Skerla ...
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Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
Mona Dol ...
Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier ...
René Dupuy ...
Charlie (as René Dupuis)
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Bernard Noël ...
Ursula Kubler ...
Alain Mottet ...
François Gragnon ...
François Minville
Romain Bouteille ...
Jérôme Minville


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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For the first two days, filming was done in color. However, director Louis Malle realized that this was a distraction from the story, so he decided to film in black-and-white. See more »


When Alain is crossing the road, a man pushes him over to save him, throwing his books on the floor. The next scene, both men are seen picking up the books. The cut between both scenes is visibly clear. See more »


Alain Leroy: You've spent the last ten years in gilded mediocrity.
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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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