Ingmar Bergman

Fanny and Alexander — The Television Version

Fanny and Alexander — The Television 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. 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.

Film Info

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

Special Features

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

Available In

Collector's Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

Fanny and Alexander Box Set

Blu-Ray Box Set

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
Fanny and Alexander — The Television 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

From The Current

Bruce Beresford’s Top 10

Bruce Beresford is the director of more than twenty-five features, including Breaker Morant (1980), Tender Mercies (1983), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Mister Johnson (1990), and Black Robe (1992).

Sep 29, 2015
Olivier Assayas’s Top 10

French filmmaker Olivier Assayas has directed fifteen features, including Cold Water, Irma Vep, Demonlover, Summer Hours, Carlos, and Clouds of Sils Maria.

May 29, 2015
Blue Christmas
Blue Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But you wouldn’t know it from all of the melancholy Christmas films that have been made over the years. In this video essay, we investigate the longstanding tradition of bleak midwinters at the movies (A …

Through the Years With Bergman


Through the Years With Bergman

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

By Peter Cowie

On Film / Features — Jun 18, 2013
The Christmas Spirit: Gun Wållgren in Fanny and Alexander


The Christmas Spirit: Gun Wållgren in Fanny and Alexander

Ingmar Bergman had originally envisioned Ingrid Bergman in the role of Helena Ekdahl, the matriarch who presides over Fanny and Alexander (1982) like a benevolent, gloriously red-swathed empress. The actress, however, who had already been ailing whil…

By Michael Koresky

On Film / Features — Dec 22, 2011
Fanny and Alexander:In the World of Childhood

Fanny and Alexander:
In the World of Childhood

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 puppet theater, lifting layer after layer of skillfully pain…

By Stig Björkman

On Film / Essays — Nov 9, 2011
Fanny and Alexander:Bergman’s Bildungsroman

Fanny and Alexander:
Bergman’s Bildungsroman

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 cineastes (Phillip Lopate, for example, has written recently a…

By Rick Moody

On Film / Essays — Nov 9, 2011
Richard Linklater’s Top 10

Richard Linklater, whose groundbreaking Slacker we released in 2004, and whose Dazed and Confused we released in 2006, offers up his list of favorite Criterion DVDs. About his “ever-changing but current top ten,” Linklater says, “I've been revi

Nov 21, 2008
Rian Johnson’s Top 10

We asked director Rian Johnson, whose “high school noir” Brick was one of the most acclaimed films of 2006, what his favorite Criterion releases were. Johnson said: “I'm a huge Criterion fan. My first exposure to many of my favorite films came

Nov 20, 2008


Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.