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Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander)

Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander) (1982)

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Average Rating: 8.5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 0

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In 1982, Ingmar Bergman emerged with one of his most singularly acclaimed films - a work that dramatically broke away from much of the moody psychodrama that characterized such earlier motion pictures as Cries & Whispers and Hour of the Wolf. Entitled Fanny and Alexander, and originally intended as the director's "swan song," this epic plunges into the life of a theatrical family named the Ekdahls, in turn-of-the-century Sweden. Bergman filters life through the eyes of the two titular Ekdahl

Nov 16, 2004

Embassy Pictures Corporation

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A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life.

December 1, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Sumptuous, haunting, and unusually tender... a nakedly psychological 'in' to [Bergman's] earliest artistic impulses; nothing else in his oeuvre addresses so directly his childhood escapes into fantasy as the by-product of a harsh Lutheran upbringing.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Our young protagonist will be obsessed with death and see ghosts everywhere. Never has the prison of childhood seemed so inescapable.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods, fear and fancy, employing all the manners and means of the best of cinematic theatrical from high and low comedy to darkest tragedy.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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One of the filmmaker's most personal and finely detailed works.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

During its three hours, seasons come and go, friends and relatives gather for funerals, weddings and christenings, and all human life is here.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Dickensian in its extravagant emotional power - with a hint of Charlotte Brontë - and some Chekhov in its melancholy.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Bergman at his most compelling, detailed and witty. An astonishing and deeply rewarding achievement.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An accomplished masterpiece, with excellent performances and rarely bettered direction.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Immensely pleasurable.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An extraordinary drama about childhood and imagination as a passport out of dread and into mystery.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One of the Great Films by one of the Great Filmmakers.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Arguably Bergman's most accessible and upbeat work, this childhood fable is magical, personal, and poignant in the way that other masterpieces of the genre are.

July 3, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The director's most accessible, and perhaps most personal film.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander)

Finally got to see the full length five hour television version.

My hands are tied. Until the judging committee agrees on a new scoring system, I am compelled to give this a perfect score - five stars.
July 30, 2007
brooklynspo

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Criative and inspiring masterpiece tale by Bergman.
August 3, 2012
Lucas Martins

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Without doubt the best movie I've seen by Ingmar Bergman so far! This amazing classic has some of the most beautiful scenery and art-directing ever conceived in the history of cinema. Superb acting all-around and an intriguing story that is incredibly moving. All in all, Swedish film-making at its best, and something you can appreciate whichever country you're from.
June 21, 2012
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Mike S

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A primeira cena de Fanny e Alexander introduz o menino do título (Bertil Guve) a contemplar um palco em miniatura vazio. Nós, no papel de espectadores, nos encontramos em uma espécie de ponto subjetivo, observando o personagem atrás das cortinas. Com este plano, Bergman estabelece um paradoxo que percorre ao longo do filme: seria o que se desenrola na tela fruto da imaginação supressa do protagonista ou realmente parte do universo real da narrativa?


Ao início do filme, contemplamos a vida feliz levada por Alexander e sua irmã mais nova Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) em meio a sua excêntrica família burguesa. Quando o pai das crianças morre inesperadamente, sua mãe se casa com o bispo de bom nome Edvard Vergerus (Jan Malmsjö), que leva a viúva e filhos para viverem em sua isolada residência. É amplamente conhecido o fato de Fanny e Alexander ser um reflexo da própria vida do diretor sueco, e estes elementos autobiográficos se fazem acentuados a partir do momento em que o padrasto começa a mostrar suas verdadeiras cores (o pai de Bergman era um clérigo estrito). No entanto, o filme também é uma fábula a certo ponto, com Bergman trazendo a tona os aspectos mais sombrios dos contos de fadas - e, de certa forma, a sua verdadeira cerne. A trajetória de Fanny e Alexander traz reflexos de João e Maria, desde sua sedução pela bruxa malvada em pele de cordeiro até sua épica fuga e libertação (neste caso, tanto de corpo quanto mente). Enquanto Alexander atravessa o processo catártico da narrativa, Fanny atua como observadora dos atos de selvageria sofridos pelo irmão - de fato, uma continuação poderia ser produzida apenas explorando os efeitos psicológicos sofridos pela menina.


Não apenas um pastiche de estilos, Fanny e Alexander também é uma alegoria de amadurecimento através do sofrimento, da libertação dos desejos mais profundos (não importando o quão impuro eles sejam) e também uma fábula de moral. Tudo isso suportado pelo costumeiro panache visual de seu diretor.
October 4, 2011
Matheus Carvalho

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