Review: ‘Providence’

A striking amalgam of the literary and theatrical approach in scripting; that is, sharp talk, highblown scenes of personal revelation and general politico asides; has been turned into an unusual visual tour-de-force by French director Alain Resnais.

A striking amalgam of the literary and theatrical approach in scripting; that is, sharp talk, highblown scenes of personal revelation and general politico asides; has been turned into an unusual visual tour-de-force by French director Alain Resnais.

It is a riveting pic pictorially, offering dense insights into the flights of imagination of a supposedly dying writer of perhaps some faddish fame.

The style is impeccable as the film sashays from the novelist’s feverish, drunken ramblings about his new novel, putting his family into it, and commenting on them.

John Gielgud’s mellifluous or impassioned delivery as the writer is extraordinary; as well as Dirk Bogarde as the son, a cold, internally-wounded man who cannot show emotion.

Providence

France

Production

Action/SFP. Director Alain Resnais; Producer Action Films-SFP; Screenplay David Mercer; Camera Ricardo Arnovitch; Editor Albert Jurgenson; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Jacques Saulnier

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Dirk Bogarde Ellen Burstyn John Gielgud David Warner Elaine Stritch Cyril Luckham
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