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A Feature film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Action Film

Release in France : 09/02/1977


    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?

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Action Film

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Jupiter Communications

    Associate producer :

    Société Française de Production (SFP)

    Foreign production company :

    Citel Films

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    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)

    Assistant directors :

    John Lvoff, Florence Malraux, Guy Pinon

    Line Producer :

    Philippe Dussart

    Foreign producers :

    Yves Gasser, Yves Peyrot, Klaus Hellwig

    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

    Producers :

    Yves Gasser, Yves Peyrot, Klaus Hellwig

    Screenwriter :

    David Mercer

    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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    Runtime :

    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 Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : David Mercer

    Best Sound : René Magnol, Jacques Maumont

    Best Cinematography : Ricardo Aronovich

    Best Film

    Best Editing : Albert Jurgenson

    Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

    Best Director : Alain Resnais

    Best Original Music : Miklos Rozsa

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1978

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

    Awards (6)

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Miklos Rozsa

    César Award for Best Production Design : Jacques Saulnier

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Editing : Albert Jurgenson

    César Award for Best Sound : René Magnol, Jacques Maumont

    César Award for Best Director : Alain Resnais

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1977

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1977)


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price