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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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?
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.
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.