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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 »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (based on the novel by) (as Drieu La Rochelle)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Ronet ... Alain Leroy
Léna Skerla ... Lydia
Yvonne Clech Yvonne Clech ... Mademoiselle Farnoux
Hubert Deschamps ... D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot Jean-Paul Moulinot ... Dr. La Barbinais
Mona Dol Mona Dol ... Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier Pierre Moncorbier ... Moraine
René Dupuy René Dupuy ... Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine Bernard Tiphaine ... Milou
Bernard Noël Bernard Noël ... Dubourg
Ursula Kubler Ursula Kubler ... Fanny
Jeanne Moreau ... Eva
Alain Mottet Alain Mottet ... Urcel
François Gragnon François Gragnon ... François Minville
Romain Bouteille 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fire Within See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel Will O' the Wisp by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alain Leroy: Dubourg, what will you do tonight?
Dubourg: Tonight, I'll write a few pages on my Egyptians, then make love to Fanny. I fall into her silence as into a well. At the bottom is a great sun that warms the earth.
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..."I'm not gone yet, but I'm going..."
23 July 2017 | by elvircorhodzicSee all my reviews

THE FIRE WITHIN is a drama about a former alcoholic, who is at the crossroads between life and death in a state of a deep depression. It is based on the novel "Will O' the Wisp" by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle.

Alain, a recovering alcoholic at a rehabilitation clinic in Versailles suffers with a depression. He often thinks about suicide, but still tries to find some valid reasons for living. He is in complete contrast with a behavior of his friends, which further enhances his internal conflict...

Mr. Malle gently touches sore points of a depressed man. His hero is empty and defeated man, who is trapped between a drunken past and an uncertain future. Many of the protagonists, who are full of compassion and love, going through his frustrating life. He's a lost soul, who can not let go of his depressive everyday life. However, a man, without an imagination and love, must find his own peace and certainty. A recovery from alcohol is an ironic view of a collapsed life.

Regardless of a state of his mind and heart, his tragic appearance is not quite clear. This is a kind of flaw of this film, because the main protagonist has condemned himself to a tragic end, before he has considered any options. An authentic scenery emphasizes his escape from any opportunities in life.

Maurice Ronet as Alain Leroy has offered a convincing performance. He is a lonely man who helplessly wanders...search, and then run away from love and certainty.

Life is a kind of agony in this case.


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