On Our Screens: Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Movie: Fanny and Alexander

Year: 1982

Country: Sweden

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Starring: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Ewa Fröling


Theatre director Oscar Ekdahls suffers a stroke during a rehearsal for his adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”  The director soon dies, leaving behind his wife, Emilie and two children, Fanny and Alexander.

Months later, Emilie, a beautiful actress, decides to start a new life and marry the local bishop, the charismatic Edvard Vergers.  But instead of living in a loving home, Emilie and her kids find they’re surrounded by the chill of aloofness and solitude.

Life, love, sadness, hope, rescue, fate  . . . this is the world of “Fanny and Alexander,” the last cinematic production of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, whose 1982 achievement won four Academy Awards for good reason.

Apart from the exquisite photographic techniques and superb acting, the mere display of costumes already makes it an unforgettable film to watch.  And the few amusing subplots, along with some heart-warming scenes, leave you yearning for more.

If you haven’t seen it, this film’s a must. And if you have, grab the Criterion Collection DVD, you’ll see both the 188-minute versions and the 312-minute cut.


Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Five whistles


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