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Le Combat dans l'ile (Fire and Ice) (1962)

Romy Schneider , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Alain Cavalier  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre, Maurice Garrel
  • Directors: Alain Cavalier
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039BEEWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Le Combat dans l'ile (Fire and Ice)" on IMDb

Special Features

New high-definition transfer, supervised by cinematogapher Pierre Lhomme "France 1961": a 2010 short film by Alain Cavalier Rare behind-the-scenes photos, including images from the archive of Louis Malle Exclusive booklet with text by Pierre Lhomme and a new essay by film critic Elliot Stein

Editorial Reviews


FASCINATING! The movie's main source of energy lies in the electromagnetic forces of desire, jealousy, violence and cinema itself. The plot wanders with a marvelous, slightly demented freedom from Paris to the countryside, from political thriller to romantic melodrama. --A.O. Scott, The New York Times

It has stores of menace and sex! --Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Fascinatingly nervy! Pierre Lhomme's scintillating, jagged black-and-white cinematography is ahead of its time. --Vadim Rizov, The Village Voice

Product Description

A hidden gem of the French New Wave, Alain Cavalier's thrilling black-and-white noir is as sleek and cool as it is gripping. Filled with thrilling plot twists, daring shoot-outs and stormy betrayals, Le Combat dans l'ile takes place against a backdrop of 60's political turmoil and is strikingly shot by legendary cameraman Pierre Lhomme (Army of Shadows, King of Hearts).

Jean-Louis Trintignant (Z, The Conformist) is Clément, a member of a right-wing terrorist organization who becomes involved in a political assassination attempt. A member of his gang betrays him and he hides out with his wife Anne (a luminous Romy Schneider) in the country home of a childhood friend, Paul (Henri Serre, Jim of Jules and Jim). Clément defines macho, with his surly incommunicativeness and sudden outbursts of violence, with Anne often its recipient. Paul, by contrast, is a gentle pacifist, and as affection grows between him and Anne, the emotional as well as political tension soar.

- Gorgeous new high-definition transfer, supervised by cinematographer Pierre Lhomme
- France 1961 : A brand-new short film by Alain Cavalier, created especially for this release
- Rare behind-the-scenes photos, including images from the archive of producer Louis Malle
- An exclusive booklet with essays by the filmmakers, and more

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Minor nouvelle vague thriller January 23, 2008
La Combat Dans L'Ile/Fire and Ice is a minor nouvelle vague political thriller from Alan Cavalier, who became overshadowed by his collaborators on this film, Louis Malle and Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Malle produced the film as a criticism of Jean-Luc Godard and other then-right wing nouvelle vague directors and their support for the French occupation of Algeria and for the OAS and their campaign of terrorism and assassination in mainland France). It's an okay romantic triangle of sorts, with Romy Schneider transferring her affections from Jean-Louis Trintignant's spoiled right wing terrorist to Henri Serre's left-wing printer, leading to a rather silly duel. It's dated better than most Nouvelle Vague films of its day, but still has the mixture of shallow content and unconvincing storytelling that is less import than the style of filmmaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Romy Schneider Fans! February 3, 2012
My favorite Romy Schneider movies are the ones that she made in the fifties in Austria and Germany and in the sixties in France.
This is one of the better movies from the early sixties when she was still engaged to French superstar Alain Delon living and working in France.
"Le combat dans l'ile" is even today very watchable (something I cannot say about her later French movies with Michel Piccoli or Yves Montand). I watched it several times over the past three decades and still love it.
Definitely 5 stars!

Another tip: "Purple Noon" aka "Plein soleil" with Alain Delon from 1960, the best Ripley adaptation based on Patricia Highsmith's 5 Ripley novels. Although Romy is only in one short scene, I still would like to recommend this unforgettable French masterpiece by René Clément.
The score is very haunting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty black and white suspense film January 2, 2012
A pretty black and white suspense film. Good, not great. I think it would have been improved by eliminating the narration.
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Good actors wasted on unreal characters, empty script. Soundtrack sounds like heating system gone bad. Disappointment. There is no 'Combat' because the characters are not real. Romy great to look at, as always. Final duel is pretty awful, no tension. Mozart comes off fine, but then he is Mozart.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The film is not what the title suggest January 19, 2014
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The story, acting and cinematography are fair, yet the whole is less than the sum of the parts. It left me unsure where "The Combat" was supposed to be.
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