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The Fire Within

The Fire Within

A Feature film by Louis Malle

Produced by NEF - Nouvelles Éditions de Films

Release in France : 15/10/1963

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Ravaged by alcohol and despair, Alain Leroy has recently gone through detox at a clinic in Versailles. Overwhelmed by a distaste for life, he breaks off with the last remaining attachments that link him to the land of the living. He dumps beautiful Lydia who wanted to save him, he resists his doctor who tries to reunite him with his wife, and encounters by chance a friend from his past who has become unbearably middle-class. Thanks to Jeanne, he links up with some old buddies, but they’ve all become junkies. Then he comes across Solange one night, but this last chance at life slips from his grasp. No matter what happens, Alain Leroy has decided to kill himself on July 23.

Full credits (17)

Assistant directors :

Philippe Collin, Volker Schlöndorff

Producer :

Alain Queffelean

Director of Photography :

Ghislain Cloquet

Assistant Operator :

Jean-César Chiabaut

Production managers :

Alain Queffelean, Jean Pieuchot

Editor :

Suzanne Baron

Production Designer :

Bernard Evein

Costume designer :

Nady Chauviret

Still Photographer :

Georges Pierre

Author of original work :

Pierre Drieu La Rochelle

Screenwriter :

Louis Malle

Sound recordists :

Pierre Vuillemin, Guy Villette

Camera Operator :

Étienne Becker

Press Attaché (film) :

André-Paul Ricci

Continuity supervisor :

Elisabeth Rappeneau

Music Composer :

Érik Satie

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Black & White

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Posters (3)


Festival Selections (2)

Venice International Film Festival  - 1963

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1963)


Official Competition


Venice International Film Festival  - 1963

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1963)

Awards (2)

Pasinetti Award

Jury Grand Prize