The Fire Within [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1963]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Archival interviews with director Louis Malle and actor Maurice Ronet
  • Malle's Fire Within, a new video program featuring interviews with actor Alexandra Stewart and filmmakers Philippe Collin and Volker Schlöndorff
  • Jusqu'au 23 Juillet, a 2005 documentary short about the film and it's source novel, Le Feu Follet, by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, featuring actor Mathieu Amalric, writer Didier Daeninckx, and Cannes festival curator Pierre-Henri Deleau
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: A booklet featuring new essays by critic Michel Ciment and film gistorian Peter Cowie

Synopsis

Le Feu Follet
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

Cast & Crew

  • Maurice Ronet
    Maurice Ronet - Alain Leroy
  • Jeanne Moreau
    Jeanne Moreau - Eva
  • Alexandra Stewart
    Alexandra Stewart - Solange
  • Image coming soon
    Yvonne Clech - Mademoiselle Farnoux
  • Image coming soon
    Bernard Noel - Dubourg
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