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Providence

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 07/20/2000 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

The first English-language film from Alain Resnais, this drama about a spiteful, alcoholic novelist contains the French director's typically playful surrealist touches and recurring use of characters shackled by memory. John Gielgud stars as Clive Langham, a drunken author in failing health who spends an increasingly intoxicated evening at his Rhode Island estate working on his new novel. Clive bases the characters in the melodramatic story on his own family, including his two sons, Claude (Dirk Bogarde) and the illegitimate Kevin (David Warner), as well as Claude's wife Sonia (Ellen Burstyn). Imagining a bitter love triangle full of spite between the three protagonists of his tale, Clive uses generous doses of imagination and symbolism, including a discordant soccer player (Denis Lawson) related to Kevin and werewolves. When his real-life family appears for a meal with Clive, however, they are not quite the embittered, devious players in the author's booze-fueled fiction. Although dividing critics between those delighted with Resnais' comic flourishes and others annoyed by his arty pretensions, Providence (1977) swept the Cesar Awards, France's Oscar equivalent, winning seven including Best Director for Resnais.

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Production Design Jacques Saulnier Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Editing Albert Jurgenson Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Picture Alain Resnais Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Director Alain Resnais Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Sound Jacques Maumont Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Music Miklos Rozsa Won
1977 French Academy of Cinema Best Original Screenplay David Mercer Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor John Gielgud Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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