[NetBehaviour] For Alain Resnais

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Jan 7 04:02:47 CET 2014

For Alain Resnais

Providence is a French/Swiss 1977 film directed by Alain Resnais
and starring Dirk Bogarde, David Warner, Ellen Burstyn, Elaine
Stritch, and John Gielgud. The film won the 1978 Csar Award for
Best Film. Contents [hide]

1 Plot summary
1.1 Unusual elements in the film
2 Reception and influence
3 Cast
4 Awards and nominations
5 References
6 External links
Plot summary[edit]

Over a drunken, tormented night, dying writer Clive Langham
(Gielgud) struggles with the plot of a novel. The characters are
based on Langham's own family, who are depicted as spiteful,
treacherous and decadent. Langham makes these people interact in
a variety of settings courtrooms, mortuaries, werewolf-haunted
forests. Although it is obvious that the writer's perceptions
are distorted by bitterness and guilt, the extent of this is not
made clear until the end, when the "real" family members come to
Langham's house to celebrate his birthday.

Unusual elements in the film[edit]

The film contains a unique variety of visual techniques which
illustrate Langhams internal editing of his material. We watch
one scene evolve, and after several minutes, Langham decides
that the dialogue is all wrong. The scene is performed again
with different dialogue accompanying the basic actions of the
scene. The most unusual example of internal editing is a scene
between Dirk Bogarde and Elaine Stritch. Stritch enters the
frame on the left side through a door. The camera then follows
the characters in one continuous shot as they walk to the other
side of the room, as their conversation progresses. In the end,
Stritch returns to the side of the room where the door was. Now
the door is gone, and she must descend a flight of stairs for
her exit from the scene. (Wikipedia)


I remember Providence and whereof the filming as in IMDB:

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Nyack, New York, USA
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New York State Capital - Washington Avenue and State Street,
Albany, New York, USA
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Berchem, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
(Transvaalstraat and a 2nd location in the Zurenborg area around
the Cogels-Osylei)
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Brussels, Brussels-Capital, Belgium
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Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France
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Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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