Le Feu Follet

Le Feu Follet

Maurice Ronet
Director: Louis Malle Cast: Maurice Ronet
Maurice Ronet
, Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
, Lena Skerla
Lena Skerla
Louis Malle

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
UPC: 0715515029520
Original Release: 1963
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 42,489

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maurice Ronet Alain Leroy
Jeanne Moreau Eva
Lena Skerla Lydia
Yvonne Clech Mademoiselle Farnoux
Alexandra Stewart Solange
Mona Dol Madame La Barbinais
Bernard Noel Dubourg
Ursula Kubler Fanny
Alain Mottet Urcel
Henri Serre Frederic
René Dupré Charlie
Hubert Deschamps D'Avereau
Jean-Paul Moulinot Dr. La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier Moraine
Bernard Tiphaine Milou
Francois Gragnon Francois Minville
Romain Bouteille Jerome Minville
Jacques Sereys Cyrille Lavaud

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Screenwriter
Suzanne Baron Editor
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Bernard Evein Art Director
Monique Nana Editor
Alain Queffelean Producer
Volker Schlöndorff Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fire Within
1. Lydia [4:40]
2. Talk of Dorothy [4:36]
3. Lydia's Departure [6:17]
4. The Clinic [4:11]
5. Refuge [4:40]
6. Time Passing [3:37]
7. Doctor's Visit [7:32]
8. Telegram to Dorothy [5:12]
9. Ride to Paris [4:44]
10. Hôtel du Quai Voltaire [5:41]
11. Comrade Dubourg [7:23]
12. "Mediocre Certainties" [6:37]
13. Jeanne [6:22]
14. Café de Flore [7:13]
15. Rest [4:57]
16. The Last Supper [3:53]
17. Brancion [3:42]
18. "I Feel Nothing" [6:48]
19. Nightcap [2:44]
20. 23rd of July [7:15]
21. Color Bars [:00]
1. From Rigaut to Ronet [4:04]
2. Suicide or Adulthood [5:34]
3. Cathartic Experience [4:26]
4. Twenty-Four Hours [6:31]
1. Defining Louis [3:53]
2. Le Feu Follet [3:16]
3. Look of the Film [7:04]
4. Ronet as Leroy [4:11]
5. Portrait of Louis [6:05]
6. Moment of Truth [2:07]
1. Suicidal Tendencies [5:34]
2. The Story's Context [5:30]
3. "My James Dean" [5:23]
4. Women and Money [3:36]
5. Leroy's Turmoil [4:02]
6. "It Speaks to One's Soul" [4:39]

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