Fanny and Alexander
(Sweden/1982—directed by Ingmar Bergman)
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander to be his final work. What he achieved was this gift to the world – his warmest and most autobiographical film, a visual and emotional triumph that combines elements of his trademark melancholy, mystery and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. Bergman was completely honest in describing Fanny and Alexander as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.”
This mesmerizing work remains Bergman’s triumphant valediction, a film in which his deep humanity and remarkable emotional and visual powers are expressed fully. This theatrical release version was the winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film. (188 mins.)
“A masterpiece.”-Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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