Ingmar Bergman has described Fanny and Alexander as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.” And in this, the full-length (312-minute) version of his triumphant valediction, his vision is expressed at its fullest. Originally broadcast on Swedish television in 1984, in four episodes, Bergman’s preferred rendition of Fanny and Alexander reinstates two hours worth of material trimmed from the theatrical version. —The Criterion Collection
The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
A film about convergent realities and the necessity for art in the inevitable disillusionment that is human life. Beauty and horror, youth and old age, the actual and the fantastical not only exist on the same plane but are inseparable from one another. Truly Bergman's greatest testament to cinema and one which manifests both visually and thematically all of the predilections and nightmares of his previous works.
Even better than the theatrical version. All of life can be seen in this, an extraordinarily rich masterpiece unlike any other. My second favorite film.
An entirety of human experience through the eyes of a young boy and girl: family, friends, tradition, art, marriage, birth, hatred, death, love, sex, religion, superstition, myth, imagination, wonder, fear, and compassion. Did I miss something about what this movie is about? Most young artists try to cram everything in their first work and usually fail. Bergman crammed everything in his then final work and succeeded.
Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander to be his last feature. Even though Saraband is quite superb, this film is a more fitting eulogy to Bergman’s body of work. All throughout his career, he… read review
I certainly admired the theatrical cut of Fanny and Alexander and thought it a fine film, but for a movie so loved by film buffs, I was wondering what I was missing. Turns out I was missing 124 ABSOLUTELY… read review
A sweeping and immersive 312 minute masterpiece. A keen exploration on imagination, guilt and various usual Bergman themes, Fanny och Alexander possesses a wide range of themes that is wholly engaging… read review