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The Fire Within

Louis Malle

 
The Fire Within (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1963
  • 108 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #430

After garnering international acclaim for such seminal crowd-pleasers as The Lovers and Zazie dans le métro, Louis Malle gave his fans a shock with The Fire Within (Le feu follet), a penetrating study of individual and social inertia. Maurice Ronet (Elevator to the Gallows), in an implosive, haunted performance, plays Alain Leroy, a self-destructive writer who resolves to kill himself and spends the next twenty-four hours trying to reconnect with a host of wayward friends. Unsparing in its portrait of Alain’s inner turmoil and shot with remarkable clarity, The Fire Within is one of Malle’s darkest and most personal films.

Cast

Credits

DirectorLouis Malle
ProducerAlain Queffelean
ScreenplayLouis Malle
Based on a novel byPierre Drieu la Rochelle
CinematographyGhislain Cloquet
EditingSuzanne Baron
SoundGuy Villette
Collaborating directorPhilippe Colin
Assistant directorVolker Schlöndorff

Disc 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 its 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 historian Peter Cowie

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

The Fire Within: Day of the Dead

By Michel Ciment May 12, 2008

When he shot The Fire Within in the spring of 1963, Louis Malle had already established a strong reputation. Incredibly precocious, he won a Palme d’Or at the age of twenty-four, at the 1956 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fire Within: Pale Fire

By Peter Cowie May 12, 2008

If ever an actor could reconcile his natural-born swagger with a kind of pervasive lethargy it was Maurice Ronet. This gave him a distinctive presence in the French cinema for more than twenty . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Poster Art of Hans Hillmann

By Sarah Habibi May 12, 2014


Photo Galleries

Ready for His Close-up

December 07, 2012


Film Essays

The Fire Within: Day of the Dead

By Michel Ciment May 12, 2008

When he shot The Fire Within in the spring of 1963, Louis Malle had already established a strong reputation. Incredibly precocious, he won a Palme d’Or at the age of twenty-four, at the 1956 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fire Within: Pale Fire

By Peter Cowie May 12, 2008

If ever an actor could reconcile his natural-born swagger with a kind of pervasive lethargy it was Maurice Ronet. This gave him a distinctive presence in the French cinema for more than twenty . . . Read more »