After garnering international acclaim for such seminal crowd-pleasers as The Lovers and Zazie dans le métro, Louis Malle gave his admirers a shock with The Fire Within. 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 24 hours trying to reconnect with a host of wayward friends. For the most part, they choose to ignore his predicament, thinking their friend is being dramatic and will snap out of it. Only Jeanne (Jeanne Moreau), who lives among a set of decadent poets, seems to take it at face value, accepting her own helplessness with regret when she lets Alain get away.
Cast Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Bernard Noël, Jean-Paul Moulinot, René Dupuy, Bernard Tiphaine, Léna Skeria, Yvonne Clech, Alexandra Stewart.
Director Louis Malle | France | 1963 | 110 mins | UK distributor Curzon Artificial Eye
One of the most ingeniously conceived, directed, and performed feature films of early Sixties. All Movie Guide
Belfast Queens’ Film Theatre Sat 25 Nov 16:00
Glasgow Film Theatre: Mon 10 Dec 13:15 (double bill with The Lovers)