Le Feu De Paille (1939)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Feu de Paille (Straw Fire) was adapted by director Jean Benoit Levy from the prize-winning novel by Henri Troyat. Lucien Baroux plays Antoine Vautier, an aging and modestly talented ham actor of the Old School. Unable to achieve prominence on the stage, Vautier is understandably put out when his handsome son (Jean Fuller) is promoted to stardom in talking pictures. At first feigning pride in his son's achievements, Vautier eventually succumbs to jealousy, taking comfort in the fact that the boy's second picture is a failure. But when his son falls victim to a debilitating illness, the elderly actor realizes how much he truly loves the boy, bringing a permanent end to their familial rivalry.