Through the eyes of sister and brother Fanny and Alexander Ekdahl, the many ups-and-downs of the extended Ekdahl family at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century are put on display in the director’s 312-minute, full length version, made for Swedish television.
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It would make some sense to bisect the world of Ingmar Bergman. On the one hand: the world of theatre, fraternity, and celebration. On the other hand: the austere / severe condition of prostration before a silent God in a world where people quietly torture one another. While Bergman's work in general grew more severe as time went on, FANNY AND ALEXANDER comes out swinging on the side of happiness and good faith.
To get things straight first: I hate Bergman ('s works). But this is a masterpiece in every aspects of filmmaking. Though a little bit slow in its extended christmas first act, but from there, its all going uphill. One question for Mr. Ekdahl, though: why Chopin's Funeral March? Why not Mozart's Requiem in D Minor?
Ingmar Bergman's sprawling, 5 1/2 hour long director's cut of his grandiose family epic about the life of the aristocratic Ekdahl family is a monumental piece of cinema. Told through the eyes of two children, FANNY & ALEXANDER is, as Bergman said, "the sum total of my life as a filmmaker," a staggering exploration of life, death, childhood, religion, love, and theatre. A masterpiece.
The whole thing was amazing... I have never managed to get my family interested in a movie like this, even if they did not watch some parts in the middle. The performances were wonderful, but so was everything else. I guess now it's time to watch the making of. One, question, however, did anyone find flaws with the long sequences of just talking... Sometimes I had trouble connecting how that fit in the story.