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  1. Korial's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Our lives as performances. Theater as a metaphor of existence, and cinema as the ultimate stage, a chronicle of humanity written by the hand of divinity (the director). It is Bergman's. Do not pretend you do not need to watch it.

  2. Quattro's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    A treat for the eyes. I loved the contrast between the sumptuous house of the Ekdahls and their edonistic lifestyle on one hand, and the gloomy austerity of the Bishop and his family on the other. I feel like something's missing though, especially in the development of some characters relationships – maybe the television version is the better one, I guess.

  3. MisterColo93's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

  4. merxita's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Il capolavoro assoluto di Bergman

  5. Karolina Rimkute's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    What a magical and sensitive story! How many great themes to rethink of appear afterwords, including the will to stay honest to oneself, the importance of keeping ones principles and values, defending them in times of need, etc. Imagination plays here an important role through the eyes of the observing children - Fanny and Alexander - who more than anyone else embody sight-fulness and comprehension.

  6. Rui's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Bergman's boyhood fantasies lived out through the imaginative and rebellious Alexander, I take it -from his brutal escape from a stern and abusive father to finding a home in (and actually being from) a liberal and sexually promiscuous family. Repetitive with his prior works.

  7. Sara Sousa's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    A meandering film that misses opportunities.I want to know about Oscar and his relationship with his wife & children.I want to see more of the Bishop's treatment of Emilie.And did we need so much about the superfluous story of the uncle & the maid? And so on.Is this a family chronicle, a story about childhood fantasy or a tale of tyranny?Maybe the longer version is more coherent than this one.Wonderful mise-en-scene.

  8. Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    As a family saga this is a highly gripping due to the character details and excellent ensemble. It is also a 100% realistic story, especially since it's semi-autobiographical on Ingmar Bergman's behalf. The film has also one of the best priest villains that has ever been on screen, BUT the longer TV miniseries version tis the true way to really embrace it even if this film is an epic even in it's shortened state.

  9. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    I forgot how much this feels like a fairy tale but also how much it feels like an ode to storytelling. Alexander/Bergman use stories to escape the oppressive hand of a patriarch, and this late masterpiece — as intimate and affecting as all of Bergman’s masterpieces — is indicative of an overwhelming love for all things human: language, myth, and a childlike reverence for the fantastical.

  10. Franklinton Underground Cinema's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Whatever died inside of Bergman was resurrected in this film. A work of true absolution as we journey from Advent to Easter.

  11. Juan Javier's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    extraordinariamente poderoso

  12. Ben Nash's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    One star for the THEATRICAL VERSION, which I refuse to watch in its entirety on principle. One does not simply cut a 5-hour film by two hours.

  13. Bekriah M's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    It's magical in a way that encapsulates a bunch of Bergmanesque themes. I always loved how Bergman mastered the BW image and this is my first colors one, absolute joy. Reminded me of "The Spirit of the Beehive".

  14. Alexei Rublev's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

  15. Dan and Val Freeman's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    An amazing piece of work ... and from the same director that gave us the very different and equally amazing Persona. Beautiful and challenging and - unexpectedly for me - full of ruminations about the nature of reality.

  16. Adam Whybray's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Flits half-seen through a curious crawl-space. Incredibly vivid, sometimes almost grotesquely so. A dream of Dickens or Woolf's 'To The Lighthouse' misnarrated by a child. Alexander is a curious little boy but I've never felt so connected to a child protagonist. I suspect the the full 5-hour version will complete the revelation offered here (since I especially love Bergman's dream sequences!)

  17. Peter Blegvad's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

  18. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    One of the very greatest of all films. Period.

  19. P D Dawson's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Just when I thought I'd seen Bergman's best, I see this and shake my head in wonder. How can one man have such illumination inside him and so many profound thoughts? This feels like one of his most personal and accessible films to me. A fight between familial love and that hard love often carried by religion and the church. A must watch for Bergman fans, and a clear evocation of his demons.

  20. Oliver Goddard's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

  21. Superfrog's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Sure there is a lot of good about this film, but I'd much prefer Bergman's more technically and conceptually focussed work. It drags on too long and with too many characters to keep me interested, a bit like Tolstoy. But it is probably not it, it's me.

  22. Thomas Dods's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    From the opening scenes, the framing and visual direction is masterful. What colours! A sprawling family saga which is perfectly performed and observed - especially a heart wrenching Alexander and a chilling turn from the Bishop. A film which understands that reality is subjective, especially when it comes to children who are made to suffer.

  23. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    Yet another fantastic film from a director who is now one of my firm favourites. This mixes scenes of adult drama with a number of scenes showing the way the two main children are viewing the people and events around them. Slow, dream-like on numerous occasions, and riveting.

  24. Robert Powell's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

    More candles than IKEA and longer than the average visit. Quite the Swedish experience.

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