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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


    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.

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    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 :

    Erik 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 (2)


    Festival Selections (3)


    Venice International Film Festival  - 1963

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1963)

    Awards (2)

    Jury Grand Prize

    Pasinetti Award