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Le feu follet
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The Fire Within (1963) More at IMDbPro »Le feu follet (original title)

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Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
7 October 1966 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maurice Ronet ... Alain Leroy

Léna Skerla ... Lydia
Yvonne Clech ... Mademoiselle Farnoux

Hubert Deschamps ... D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot ... Dr. La Barbinais
Mona Dol ... Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier ... Moraine
René Dupuy ... Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine ... Milou

Bernard Noël ... Dubourg
Ursula Kubler ... Fanny

Jeanne Moreau ... Eva
Alain Mottet ... Urcel
François Gragnon ... François Minville
Romain Bouteille ... Jérôme Minville
Jacques Sereys ... Cyrille Lavaud

Alexandra Stewart ... Solange
Claude Deschamps ... Maria
Tony Taffin ... Brancion
Henri Serre ... Frédéric
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Declercq ... (uncredited)
Claude Deleusse ... (uncredited)
Darling Légitimus ... (uncredited)
Michèle Mahaut ... (uncredited)
Vera Valdez ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (based on the novel by) (as Drieu La Rochelle)

Louis Malle  adaptation (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
Production Design by
Bernard Evein 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
Production Management
Jean Pieuchot .... unit manager
Alain Quefféléan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Collin .... collaborating director
Volker Schlöndorff .... assistant director (as Volker Schloendorff)
Sound Department
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Étienne Becker .... camera operator
Jean Chiabaut .... assistant camera (as Jean Chiabot)
Georges Pierre .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Monique Nana .... assistant editor
Location Management
Gérard Crosnier .... location manager
Music Department
Claude Helffer .... piano
Erik Satie .... music
Other crew
Élisabeth Rappeneau .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le feu follet" - France (original title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG13 | Spain:18 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1992) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (bw)

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Alain is seen in his room reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". Visible among his other books are Fitzgerald's "Babylon Revisited and Other Stories" and "This Side of Paradise".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As Alain walks on the streets of Paris, the crew (pushing the dolly) is visible on the shop windows he passes by.See more »
Alain Leroy:I am patient. I've done nothing but wait. All my life. Waiting - for something to happen. For what, I don't know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Gymnopédie No.1See more »


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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The Terrible Vision, 17 December 1999
Author: mmaras from Zagreb, Croatia

One extraordinary feature of this film is what I would call a "filter". Right from the start, the viewer knows that Alain is hurriedly (yet half-heartedly) searching for something that would give him the will to live, otherwise he will commit suicide. This extremely simple premise leads to extraordinary effects: the everyday happenings, which would seem neutral or even pleasant in any other circumstance, now fill us with disgust. Through the filter of Alain's eyes, we perceive the everyday reality as hopeless and empty of any worthwhile purpose. The author's message: you should apply that filter to your own life. But who has the guts to do it? I know I don't.

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