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Wes Anderson Selects Louis Malle's 'The Fire Within' for Carte-Blanche Programming Screening at COL*COA 2013

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 6, 2013 at 2:41PM

LA's 17th annual COL*COA has given director Wes Anderson carte-blanche to program one of his favorite French films. No surprise here, Anderson's taste is impeccable: He has selected Louis Malle's 1963 lyrical depression drama "The Fire Within."
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Maurice Ronet in "The Fire Within"
Maurice Ronet in "The Fire Within"

LA's 17th annual City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival (COL*COA) has given director Wes Anderson carte-blanche to program one of his favorite French films. No surprise here, Anderson's taste is impeccable: He has selected Louis Malle's 1963 lyrical depression drama "The Fire Within."

The film is based on the novel by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, source material that also inspired last year's festival favorite "Oslo, August 31." It stars Maurice Ronet (also in Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows") and French New Wave legend Jeanne Moreau. (For more evidence of Anderson's cinephile leanings, check out his Top 10 for Criterion here.)

Moreau is highlighted in another COL*COA repertory pick for the upcoming 2013 fest, Jacques Demy's resplendent "Bay of Angels," about a duo of star-crossed lovers caught in the glittery world of Mediterranean casinos. It will screen in a restored 35mm print.

The fest runs April 15-22. Info on screening dates, as well as COL*COA's complete new film lineup, will be announced March 26. 

Here's a scene from "The Fire Within," featuring Claude Helffler's beautifully evocative piano, from music by composer Eric Satie:

This article is related to: Festivals, Classics, Wes Anderson, COL*COA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.