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A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Citel Films, Action film

Release in France : 09/02/1977

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Citel Films, Action film

Co-productions :

Action Films, France 3 Cinéma

Associate producer :

Société Française de Production (SFP)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Jupiter Communications

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Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives. He is a bitter man and he shows, through flashbacks, how spiteful, conniving and treacherous his family is. But is this how they really are or is it his own vindictive slant on things?


The film contains a unique variety of visual techniques which illustrate Langham’s internal editing of his material. We watch one scene evolve, and after several minutes, Langham decides that the dialogue is all wrong. The scene is performed again with different dialogue accompanying the basic actions of the scene. The most unusual example of internal editing is a scene between Dirk Bogarde and Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn enters the frame on the left side through a door. The camera then follows the characters in one continuous shot as they walk to the other side of the room, as their conversation progresses. In the end, Burstyn returns to the side of the room where the door was. Now the door is gone, and she must descend a flight of stairs for her exit from the scene.

The film won seven César Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for John Gielgud.
Although he was one of the preeminent theatre actors of the 20th century, Gielgud felt that this was his only completely successful attempt at film acting.[1]
The bipartite structure of Providence has been identified by critics as a precursor to David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2002).

Source : Wikipedia.

Full credits (18)

Executive Producers :

Klaus Hellwig, Yves Gasser

Producers :

Yves Gasser, Yves Peyrot, Klaus Hellwig

Screenwriter :

David Mercer

Director of Photography :

Ricardo Aronovich

Production managers :

Michel Choquet, Antoine Gannagé

Sound Editor :

Claude Plouganou

Continuity supervisor :

Marie-José Guissart

Production Designer :

Jacques Saulnier

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Maumont

Assistant directors :

John Lvoff, Florence Malraux, Guy Pinon

Line Producer :

Philippe Dussart

Co-producer :

Lise Fayolle

Sound Recordist :

René Magnol

Editor :

Albert Jurgenson

Assistant Editor :

Jean-Pierre Besnard

Music Composer :

Miklos Rozsa

Costume designer :

Catherine Leterrier

Location Manager :

Gérard Gaultier

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Feature film

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Metaphysical investigation

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France, Switzerland

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Majority French (France, Switzerland)

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1 h 52 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1978

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1978)

Selection (8)

Best Sound : René Magnol, Jacques Maumont

Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

Best Editing : Albert Jurgenson

Best Cinematography : Ricardo Aronovich

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : David Mercer

Best Original Music : Miklos Rozsa

Best Director : Alain Resnais

Best Film

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1978

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1978)

Awards (6)

César Award for Best Director : Alain Resnais

César Award for Best Sound : René Magnol, Jacques Maumont

César Award for Best Editing : Albert Jurgenson

César Award for Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Miklos Rozsa

César Award for Best Film

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1977

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1977)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price