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With Memento playing the role of this season’s cinematic sleeper, perhaps it’s time to reinvestigate the work of the director who invented the whole time-slipping, ego-flipping genre: Alain Resnais. Last Year at Marienbad and Hiroshima, Mon Amour come around occasionally, but it’s been almost a decade since any local outlet has screened Resnais’ most audacious film, 1977’s Providence. Outfitted with shock cuts, visual gags, and delirious style, the film is in a sense a professional autobiography. Resnais shatters and reassembles the narrative with godlike bravado to tell the tale of a man who’s attempting to do the same: A bitter, dying novelist played by Sir John Gielgud tries to construct a story and reconstruct his life, using his children (Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, and David Warner) as players whose identities sometimes shift or meld. A Freudian romp that plays like a thriller, Providence is a psyche-delic trip. It screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SW. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)