Fanny and Alexander — The Television Version Fanny and Alexander — The Television Version

Fanny and Alexander — The Television Version

Ingmar Bergman

 
  • Sweden
  • 1982
  • 312 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
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  • Spine #262

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. Ingmar Bergman 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.

Cast

Carl EkdahlBörje Ahlstedt
Fanny EkdahlPernilla Allwin
Oscar EkdahlAllan Edwall
Emilie EkdahlEwa Fröling
Alexander EkdahlBertil Guve
Gustav Adolf EkdahlJarl Kulle
Alma EkdahlMona Malm
Lydia EkdahlChristina Schollin
Maj, Emilie's nursemaidPernilla Wallgren
Helena EkdahlGun Wållgren
Blenda Vergérus, the bishop's motherMarianne Aminoff
Justina, the kitchen maidHarriet Andersson
Bishop Edvard VergérusJan Malmsjö
Henrietta Vergérus, the bishop's sisterKerstin Tidelius
Filip LandahlGunnar Björnstrand
Mikael BergmanPer Mattson
Isak JacobiErland Josephson
IsmaelStina Ekblad
AronMats Bergman

Credits

DirectorIngmar Bergman
ScriptIngmar Bergman
Executive producerJörn Donner
CinematographerSven Nykvist
Assistant directorPeter Schildt
Production managerKatinka Farago
Film editorSylvia Ingemarsson
Sound and mixingBjörn Gunnarsson, Lars Liljeholm, Bo Persson and Owe Svensson
Art directorAnna Asp
Set decoratorSusanne Lingheim
Costume designerMarik Vos
MusicDaniel Bell

Disc Features

  • Digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

Film Essays

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Fanny and Alexander: In the World of Childhood

By Stig Björkman November 08, 2011

With the very first shots of Fanny and Alexander (1982), director Ingmar Bergman announces his perspective and signals his intentions. Here, we find the ten-year-old Alexander gazing into a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Fanny and Alexander: Bergman’s Bildungsroman

By Rick Moody November 08, 2011

Upon its release in the U.S. in 1983, the theatrical version of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander generated a wealth of controversy. Bergman has always seemed to breed conflict among . . . Read more »

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Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey Moore October 03, 2013

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Dispatches

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Flashback: Ingmar Bergman

By Peter Cowie June 18, 2013

The author recounts the story of his friendship with the great filmmaker. Read more »


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Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

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Film Essays

Currentthumb_652_219_thumbnail

Fanny and Alexander: In the World of Childhood

By Stig Björkman November 08, 2011

With the very first shots of Fanny and Alexander (1982), director Ingmar Bergman announces his perspective and signals his intentions. Here, we find the ten-year-old Alexander gazing into a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Fanny and Alexander: Bergman’s Bildungsroman

By Rick Moody November 08, 2011

Upon its release in the U.S. in 1983, the theatrical version of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander generated a wealth of controversy. Bergman has always seemed to breed conflict among . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


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