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9 February 1977 (France) See more »
Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Claude Langham

Ellen Burstyn ... Sonia Langham

John Gielgud ... Clive Langham

David Warner ... Kevin Langham / Kevin Woodford

Elaine Stritch ... Helen Wiener
Cyril Luckham ... Doctor Mark Eddington

Denis Lawson ... Dave Woodford (as Dennis Lawson)

Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Miss Boon
Milo Sperber ... Mr. Jenner
Anna Wing ... Karen
Peter Arne ... Nils
Tanya Lopert ... Miss Lister
Joseph Pittoors ... An Old Man
Samson Fainsilber ... The Old Man
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Directed by
Alain Resnais 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Mercer 

Produced by
Philippe Dussart .... executive producer
Lise Fayolle .... associate producer
Yves Gasser .... producer
Juergen Hellwig .... associate producer
Klaus Hellwig .... producer
Yves Peyrot .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa 
Cinematography by
Ricardo Aronovich 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
Art Direction by
Michel Breton 
Jean-Claude Cabouret 
Daniel Pierre 
Claude Serre 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Makeup Department
Régine Havan .... makeup artist (as Régine Ha-Van)
Victor Merinow .... makeup artist
Michel Trigon .... hair stylist
Marie-Hélène Yastchenkoff .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... production manager
Fernand Dubois .... unit manager
Yvonne Frèche .... unit manager
Antoine Gannagé .... production manager
Gérard Gaultier .... unit manager
Jacqueline Louis .... unit manager
Joëlle Picaud .... unit manager
Roland Sabary .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reynald Lampert .... second assistant director
John Lvoff .... second assistant director
Florence Malraux .... first assistant director
Guy Pinon .... assistant director
Art Department
Françoise Hardy .... set dresser
Charles Merangel .... set designer
Sound Department
René Magnol .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... sound
Claude Plouganou .... sound editor
Jean Schwarz .... electronic effects sounds
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Bernard Journoux .... electrician
Jacques Labesse .... camera operator
Daniel Smague .... camera operator
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Bates .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jean-Pierre Besnard .... assistant editor
Music Department
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Daniel Champagnon .... production unit assistant
Marie-José Guissart .... continuity
François Vila .... press agent

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110 min | USA:104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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John Gielgud, who spent most of his career on the stage, considered this film and the television miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (1981) to be his only two screen appearances that he was genuinely proud of.See more »
Kevin Woodford:Are you the lady who's dying?
Helen Wiener:[drily] Yes, I'm the lady who's dying.
Claude Langham:Refreshingly direct, isn't he? I understand that his mind is in outer space most of the time, so that when it returns it has a cosmic scale of values.
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What then young and still brilliant musical theater composer was slated to write the score for "Providence," but declined at the last minute?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Providence: high art of Gielgud, 8 April 2005
Author: oscarhopkins from United States

Not enough can truly be said for this film. Equally, nothing can change people's reaction to it; it is an art piece which separates people. Early reviews from the period of its release seem unfriendly at least. Many reviewers found the film pretentious and constructionally difficult. Many claimed it attempted more mystery than it had a right to. I feel this was a film ahead of its time, and any pomposity in the film comes not from its center, but from its central character, Clive Langham (John Gielgud). This, more than almost any film of the 20th century, is a film which rewards the viewer for multiple viewings. If you are often accused of being obsessive, overly-analytic or just plain artsy, this film will tickle you in some very personal places. The message I will refuse to comment on, though it is very deeply personal to me, and, I would say, to all writers. But the "crux of the biscuit," if you will, is this: examine the title in relation to the film.

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