Providence (1977)

Clive Langham 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?

Director: Alain Resnais.
Stars: John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, David Warner, Elaine Stritch, Denis Lawson, Samson Fainsilber, Tanya Lopert.

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  1. July 30, 2018
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    Providence (1977)

    Alain Resnais’ first film in English stars John Gielgud, Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, David Warner, and Elaine Stitch. The screenplay is by English writer, David Mercer. As you might expect from the director of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, the film is confusing at first but not inscrutable. I will refrain from going into a description of the plot so that, if you choose to see the film, you can enjoy being bewildered as I was. I will say that there’s a similarity to the 1986 BBC Mini-Series THE SINGING DETECTIVE. I will also say that this is a meaty film, the kind relished by actors, with Gielgud and Bogarde at the top of their game. 8/10 Bottles of White Wine

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