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David Mercer
PROVIDENCE (1977) Final 3rd draft film script by David Mercer, ca. 1975
"Final (3rd) Draft film script, London, [ca. 1975]. Vintage original film script, quarto. Generic brown card report wrappers bound with matching brown cloth and an internal clasp binding. With a homemade photocopied title label that credits Resnais and Mercer, and a credit for an English translator that is interestingly whited out. 82 leaves, with last page of text numbered 75. Second generation photocopy, but made during production, with holograph annotations throughout as noted above. NEAR FINE. Noted British playwright and screenwriter David Mercer's copy, with his copied typeovers and holograph ink annotations throughout, both mostly with regard to emended dialogue. For some viewers, PROVIDENCE is the greatest film made by director Alain Resnais (1922-2014), high praise to be sure, given that the French auteur also directed NIGHT AND FOG (1956), HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959), LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961), MURIEL (1963), LE GUERRE EST FINIE (1966), and other groundbreaking classics of the French New Wave. Resnais described PROVIDENCE as "a meta-film, a film about the making of films, a work of art about the fabricating of art works". It swept the 1978 Césars (the French Oscars), including the awards for Best Director, Best Editing, Best Music (Miklós Rózsa), Best Writing, and Best Film. PROVIDENCE was Resnais' first film in English, based on a screenplay by David Mercer (1928-1980). Mercer began his career as a British television dramatist with the trilogy, THE GENERATIONS, composed of WHERE THE DIFFERENCE BEGINS (1961), the anti-nuclear piece A CLIMATE OF FEAR (1962), and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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