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Fanny and Alexander

(Fanny och Alexander)
Sweden 1982. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 188 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT | A triumph! Ingmar Bergman’s wonder-filled evocation of childhood and the magic of theatre is the crowning achievement of one of cinema’s most extraordinary careers. Winner of four Academy Awards (including the Swedish master’s third Oscar for best foreign-language film), Fanny and Alexander begins during Christmas 1907, with ten-year-old Alexander and younger sister Fanny enjoying the warmth and good humour of their ebullient, eccentric extended family. Their lives will soon take a less happy turn, however, with the death of their actor father and the remarriage of their mother to a puritanical Protestant minister. Bergman’s semi-autobiographical tale is shot in rich, glowing images by long-time collaborator Sven Nykvist. Offering something of a summation of Bergman’s work and chief themes, it may also be the director’s most opulent and optimistic film — something of a surprise, perhaps, from an artist long synonymous with Scandinavian austerity and angst!


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