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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 ... 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Alain Leroy: So I'll try with death. She should be more accommodating.
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Version of Oslo, 31. august (2011) See more »

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Trois Gymnopédies
Written by Erik Satie
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Existentialist!
15 December 2000 | by Alexander WorkaSee all my reviews

Beautifully detailed black and white study of a man looking for a reason to go on living and not really finding it. Updates the excellent 1920s novel on which it is based to the 1960s without sacrificing anything of the former's timeless relevance. To give a (very) rough point of reference, it is something of a subdued Left Bank version of "La Dolce Vita", although Malle's film has none of the frantic burlesque episodes of LDV. Rather, the feel of the film is consistently weary and melancholic. Poetic and moving, it's an existentialist classic.


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