Ingmar Bergman

Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version

Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version

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.

Film Info

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Sweden
  • 1982
  • 188 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #263

Special Features

  • Digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

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3 Discs


Collector's Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

DVD Box Set

5 Discs


Special Features

  • Digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

New cover by Eric Skillman

Fanny and Alexander — The Theatrical Version
Börje Ahlstedt
Carl Ekdahl
Pernilla Allwin
Fanny Ekdahl
Allan Edwall
Oscar Ekdahl
Ewa Fröling
Emilie Ekdahl
Bertil Guve
Alexander Ekdahl
Jarl Kulle
Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Mona Malm
Alma Ekdahl
Christina Schollin
Lydia Ekdahl
Pernilla Wallgren
Maj, Emilie's nursemaid
Gun Wållgren
Helena Ekdahl
Marianne Aminoff
Blenda Vergérus, the bishop's mother
Harriet Andersson
Justina, the kitchen maid
Jan Malmsjö
Bishop Edvard Vergérus
Kerstin Tidelius
Henrietta Vergérus, the bishop's sister
Gunnar Björnstrand
Filip Landahl
Per Mattson
Mikael Bergman
Erland Josephson
Isak Jacobi
Stina Ekblad
Mats Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
Executive producer
Jörn Donner
Sven Nykvist
Assistant director
Peter Schildt
Production manager
Katinka Farago
Film editor
Sylvia Ingemarsson
Sound and mixing
Björn Gunnarsson
Sound and mixing
Lars Liljeholm
Sound and mixing
Bo Persson
Sound and mixing
Owe Svensson
Art director
Anna Asp
Set decorator
Susanne Lingheim
Costume designer
Marik Vos
Daniel Bell

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Few cinematographers have been as influential as Ingmar Bergman’s close collaborator Sven Nykvist, who helped create such visual tours de force as The Silence, Cries and Whispers, and Fanny and Alexander. A painter whose medium was natural light, a capturer of souls, Nykvist made every human portrait an X-ray, and every interior—whether austerely white or lavishly chromatic—an expressive canvas. Nykvist first worked with Bergman in 1953, when he was one of three cinematographers assigned to the director’s gloomy, twilit circus tale Sawdust and Tinsel. But their union truly began with The Virgin Spring—that savage medieval folk tale ushered in the new era of unsparing, gorgeously shot psychological portraits and open-air location photography that would take Bergman from the devastating God’s Silence trilogy to the richly life-affirming Fanny and Alexander. His work with Bergman made Nykvist an in-demand industry figure, and he would go on to shoot movies in Hollywood and beyond, for directors like Bob Rafelson, Bob Fosse, Philip Kaufman, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Woody Allen. Nykvist died in 2006.