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The Fire Within (1963)

Le feu follet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 October 1966 (USA)
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Depressed Alain Leroy leaves the clinic where he was detoxified. He meets friends, acquaintances and women, trying to find a reason to continue living. Will this help him?

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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

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: I'm a poor drunkard.
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Six Gnossiennes
Wrtten by Erik Satie
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My favorite film
17 August 1999 | by snoopy-23See 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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