Le Combat dans l'Óle (Fire and Ice)
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The political overtones in this action-oriented drama may be a little murky outside of its time and place, yet the story is well told. Clement (Jean-Louis Tritignant) is a right-wing rabblerouser married to aspiring young actress Anne (Romy Schneider). He belongs to an underground terrorist group determined to spread chaos among the Western nations in order to eventually gain political control and then expand their activities. At the moment, he is taking part in an assassination scheme aimed at a major labor leader that ultimately fails because of an informer. Clement takes off to find the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Anne [is] played with heart-stopping capriciousness by Romy Schneider, who was never lovelier and who is capable of distracting everyone in the film, and the audience above all, from whatever grave political matters are afoot."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Certainly not an undiscovered masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rescued now from 1962 oblivion, Alain Cavalier's black-and-white "noir" is sleek and cool, with complicated turns and thrilling shoot-outs and stormy betrayals, both political and romantic."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"There's a surprise every five minutes, except when fascism gets its ass kicked at the end."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"... you know this is heading into truly weird territory."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Alain Cavalier's New Wave thriller is a tasty French mix of politics and romance, while glorifying that iconic goddess, Romy Schneider."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Ah, well. It sure looks purty."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Alain Cavalier's film, in re-release, offers plenty of left/right, labor/management, humanity/ideology contrasts, but dramatically it's silly. It's worth watching for Schneider, who is simply radiant."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"might now finally find itself as a key part of post-Algerian France."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
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