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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 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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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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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

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: Five minutes with her and I'd feel like an insect. I'd vanish into the woodwork.
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Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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Trois Gymnopédies
Written by Erik Satie
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The Terrible Vision
17 December 1999 | by mmarasSee all my reviews

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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