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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Providence is a lot of fuss and fake feathers about nothing."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It's one of the best films from the 1970s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The superb performances and Miklos Rozsa's sumptuous Hollywood-style score give the film's conceit a moving monumentality and depth, and Resnais' insights into the fiction-making process are mesmerizing and beautiful."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A superb instance of inventive filmmaking with a comic touch and an intellectual theme."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Misunderstood and underrated when it came out, Resnais first English-speaking film is a provocative meditation on time and memory, fiction and reality (his dominant themes) in the life of a dying novelist, astoundly played by John Gielgud."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Though it may be irritating after one single viewing, after many, Providence strangely becomes moving and profound."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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