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In "Fanny and Alexander," Ingmar Bergman has put the magic back into his lantern.
A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment.
This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life.
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.
The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
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.
It smiles at its characters' follies but cherishes their valor, and in their behalf it employs magic with the casual authority of Prospero himself.
One of the filmmaker's most personal and finely detailed works.
During its three hours, seasons come and go, friends and relatives gather for funerals, weddings and christenings, and all human life is here.
Dickensian in its extravagant emotional power - with a hint of Charlotte Brontë - and some Chekhov in its melancholy.
Bergman at his most compelling, detailed and witty. An astonishing and deeply rewarding achievement.
An accomplished masterpiece, with excellent performances and rarely bettered direction.
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.
Criative and inspiring masterpiece tale by Bergman.
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.
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.
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