Fanny & Alexander (1982)

Fanny & Alexander

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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
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Embassy Pictures Corporation

Cast


as Fanny Ekdahl

as Alexander Ekdahl

as Helena Ekdahl

as Helena's son Prof. C...

as Oscar Ekdahl

as Emilie Ekdahl

as Lydia Ekdahl

as Gustav Adolf Ekdahl

as Filip Landahl

as Bishop Edvard Verger...

as Bishop's mother Blen...

as Isak Jacobi

as Ismael

as Johan Armfeldt

as Administrative Direc...

as Grete Holm

as Henrietta Vergerus

as Mr. Mikael Bergman

as Mr. Salenius

as Miss Hanna Schwartz

as Mr. Morsing

as Alida

as Prompter

as Tomas Graal

as Miss Ester

as Mrs. Sinclair

as Miss Vega
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Critic Reviews for Fanny & Alexander

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.

Full Review… | August 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

It's a marvellously engrossing and thought-provoking film, filled with dazzling dramatic set-pieces and witty, knowing allusions to its creator's artistic conceits and deceits.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fanny & 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.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

Ingmar Bergman crafts a stunning piece of cinema that is bold, ambitious and superbly acted and is a film that ranks among the finest of foreign cinema. The story is simple, yet the way Bergman tackles his subject is truly exquisite and adds so much to the overall enjoyment of the film. I have heard many great things about Bergman, and I can see why. He's a filmmaker who crafts picture that not only tell a great story, but they rely on a powerful, evocative visual style to really grab your attention. With Fanny and Alexander, he uses a simple idea, yet he brings it to fruition with a superb cast of talented individuals, and it's a beautiful picture that easily ranks among the finest ever made. The story follows two children and its adventures they experience with their family. What follows is a striking story that you cannot forget, and is hard to tear yourself away from because Bergman's picture is more a work of art than actual film. This is a must watch if you enjoy a finely crafted genre picture, a film that resonates with the viewer and uses a simple plot to its advantage. Of course what I appreciated the most about the film is the fact that Ingmar Bergman doesn't overdo anything with the film, and like many of cinema's finest artists, he does phenomenal work with using so little, and it works very well. Fanny and Alexander is a picture is engaging from start to finish, a film that has power in its visuals, acting and direction. If you're a cinephile you owe it to yourself to watch the film. To me, Fanny and Alexander was superb, immaculate filmmaking at its very best, and it is a film that resonates due to the fine craftsmanship that Bergman has displayed in front of the camera.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Criative and inspiring masterpiece tale by Bergman.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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