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Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

Fanny och Alexander

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, France, 1982
Drama, History, LGBT+


Through the eyes of sister and brother Fanny and Alexander Ekdahl, the many ups-and-downs of the Ekdahl family at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century are put on display. Bergman intended it as his swan song, and it’s the director’s warmest and most autobiographical film. Winner of four Academy Awards.

Our take

An intimate epic of majestic richness, Fanny and Alexander is dreamy and nightmarish in equal parts, and sees Bergman at his most exhilarating. Alexander’s gaze has to be one of the most unforgettable in cinema, and this family saga one of the greatest visions of childhood ever put on celluloid.

Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version) Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1983 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards

1984 | 4 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film

1984 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

Deliberately or not, Bergman assembled an inventory of the cinematic and personal attributes that had since 1946 worked so magnificently and proficiently from his reflective psyche into his astonishing filmography.
November 20, 2018
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It is no surprise that Bergman should give these two women the triumphant last word in Fanny and Alexander, a multigenerational drama that leaps lightly over barriers of age, gender, and class. Throughout his career, with his characteristic spare-nothing close-ups, he has followed the emotional logic in his actresses’ faces, dug deeper into their psyches than any other director.
November 02, 2018
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Fanny, by all accounts, is considered Bergman’s grandest achievement, a sweeping, lovingly detailed bildungsroman of memorable characterizations, embracing every theme close to his heart, etching a vivid portrait of his childhood, and invoking his fascination with theater and cinema with its very first shot.
February 05, 2018
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