Providence (1977)

French New Waver Alain Resnais directs his first film in English. Sir John Gielgud plays Clive Langham, an author contemplating a vicious novel about his worthless relatives as he lies sick in bed. But they are not the monsters he perceives… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1977
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Providence is a lot of fuss and fake feathers about nothing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's one of the best films from the 1970s.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

A superb instance of inventive filmmaking with a comic touch and an intellectual theme.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Jason Anderson

Though it may be irritating after one single viewing, after many, Providence strangely becomes moving and profound.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
i wasn't aware resnais had made english language films but this is a fine example. wonderful cast including john gielgud as a wicked novelist in his waning… More
Walter M.
In "Providence," Ken Woodford(David Warner), a soldier, is on trial for murder. Ken claims that the man he killed wanted to be put out of his misery… More
Stephen M
Struggling to finish his last novel before cancer finishes him, Clive Langham (John Gielgud), a celebrated writer, concocts an elaborate and spiteful fantasy… More
Eric Broome
New Wave icon Alain Resnais continues to test his audience with the marvelous "Providence," a surreal tale in which a dying, cantankerous novelist… More