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Maurice Ronet plays an alcoholic writer, Alain Leroy, who is on the verge of suicide (his character is based on writer Jacques Rigaut, who killed himself in 1929). The psychiatrist assigned to Leroy is no help, advising his patient to seek a reconciliation with his wife, who is still smarting from Leroy's recent liaison with Lydia (Lena Skerla). Still obsessed with the notion of taking his own life, Leroy plans to stage his demise on July 23. A last-ditch effort to jolly himself out of his doldrums fails, and Leroy, with a picture of Marilyn Monroe at his side, snuffs himself out. Though a case study of a man victimized by his own isolationism, The Fire Within has some surprising random optimistic moments. The French title for The Fire Within is Le Feu Follet, which was also the title of the novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle (another suicide!) from which this film was adapted. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 15, 1963

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Louis Malle Special Jury Prize 1963 Winner

Cast

Maurice Ronet
as Alain Leroy
Jeanne Moreau
as Eva
Lena Skerla
as Lydia
Yvonne Clech
as Mademoiselle Farnoux
Alexandra Stewart
as Solange
Bernard Noel
as Dubourg
Mona Dol
as Madame La Barbinais
Ursula Kubler
as Fanny
Alain Mottet
as Urcel
Henri Serre
as Frederic
Hubert Deschamps
as D'Avereau
Jacques Sereys
as Cyrille Lavaud
Jean-Paul Moulinot
as Dr. La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier
as Moraine
Romain Bouteille
as Jerome Minville
Francois Gragnon
as Francois Minville
Bernard Tiphaine
as Milou

Crew

Louis Malle
Director
Alain Queffelean
Producer
Louis Malle
Screenwriter
Ghislain Cloquet
Cinematographer
Erik Satie
Featured Music
Volker Schlöndorff
First Assistant Director
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