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Ingmar Bergman (written by)
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Release Date:
17 December 1982 (Sweden) See more »
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En film av Ingmar Bergman
Plot:
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Bergman's ultimate best See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Kristina Adolphson ... Siri - Ekdahlska huset
Börje Ahlstedt ... Carl Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Pernilla Allwin ... Fanny Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Kristian Almgren ... Putte Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Carl Billquist ... Police Superintendent Jespersson - Ekdahlska huset
Axel Düberg ... Witness to Bishop's death - Ekdahlska huset
Allan Edwall ... Oscar Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Siv Ericks ... Alida - Ekdahlska huset
Ewa Fröling ... Emilie Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Patricia Gélin ... Statue - Ekdahlska huset (as Patricia Gelin)
Majlis Granlund ... Miss Vega - Ekdahlska huset
Maria Granlund ... Petra Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Bertil Guve ... Alexander Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Eva von Hanno ... Berta - Ekdahlska huset
Sonya Hedenbratt ... Aunt Emma - Ekdahlska huset
Olle Hilding ... Old Clergyman - Ekdahlska huset
Svea Holst ... Miss Ester - Ekdahlska huset

Jarl Kulle ... Gustav Adolf Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Käbi Laretei ... Aunt Anna von Bohlen - Ekdahlska huset
Mona Malm ... Alma Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset

Lena Olin ... Rosa - Ekdahlska huset
Gösta Prüzelius ... Doctor Fürstenberg - Ekdahlska huset
Christina Schollin ... Lydia Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Hans Strååt ... Clergyman at Wedding - Ekdahlska huset

Pernilla August ... Maj - Ekdahlska huset (as Pernilla Wallgren)
Emelie Werkö ... Jenny Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Gunn Wållgren ... Helena Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset (as Gun Wållgren)
Inga Ålenius ... Lisen - Ekdahlska huset
Marianne Aminoff ... Blenda Vergérus - Biskopsgården

Harriet Andersson ... Justina - Biskopsgården
Mona Andersson ... Karna (Maid) - Biskopsgården
Hans Henrik Lerfeldt ... Elsa Bergius - Biskopsgården
Jan Malmsjö ... Bishop Edvard Vergerus - Biskopsgården
Marianne Nielsen ... Selma (Maid) - Biskopsgården
Marrit Ohlsson ... Malla Tander (Cook) - Biskopsgården (as Marrit Olsson)
Kerstin Tidelius ... Henrietta Vergerus - Biskopsgården
Anna Bergman ... Hanna Schwartz - Teatern

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Filip Landahl - Teatern
Nils Brandt ... Mr. Morsing (actor) - Teatern
Lars-Owe Carlberg ... Glee Singer - Teatern
Gus Dahlström ... Props Man - Teatern
Ernst Günther ... Rector Magnificus - Teatern
Hugo Hasslo ... Glee Singer - Teatern
Heinz Hopf ... Tomas Graal (actor) - Teatern
Maud Hyttenberg ... Miss Sinclair (Actress) - Teatern (as Maud Hyttenberg-Bartoletti)
Sven-Erik Jacobsson ... Glee Singer - Teatern
Marianne Karlbeck ... Miss Palmgren - Teatern
Kerstin Karte ... Prompter - Teatern
Tore Karte ... Office Manager - Teatern
Åke Lagergren ... Johan Armfeldt (Actor) - Teatern
Sune Mangs ... Mr. Salenius (Actor) - Teatern
Per Mattsson ... Mikael Bergman (Actor) - Teatern
Lickå Sjöman ... Grete Holm (Actress) - Teatern
Ryno Wallin ... Teatern
Georg Årlin ... Teatern - Colonel
Daniel Bell ... Teaterorkestern
Gunnar Djerf ... Teaterorkestern
Folke Eng ... Teaterorkestern
Ebbe Eng ... Teaterorkestern
Evert Hallmarken ... Teaterorkestern
Nils Kyndel ... Teaterorkestern
Ulf Lagerwall ... Teaterorkestern
Börje Mårelius ... Teaterorkestern
Karl Nilheim ... Teaterorkestern

Erland Josephson ... Isak Jacobi - Jacobis hus
Stina Ekblad ... Ismael Retzinsky - Jacobis hus
Mats Bergman ... Aron Retzinsky - Jacobis hus
Viola Aberlé ... Japanese Woman - Jacobis hus
Gerd Andersson ... Japanese Woman - Jacobis hus
Ann-Louise Bergström ... Japanese Woman - Jacobis hus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthias Bolliger ... Teatern (uncredited)
Marie-Hélène Breillat ... Jacobis hus (uncredited)
Krister Hell ... Young man who helps Isak with coffer (uncredited)
Linda Krüger ... Pauline - Biskopsgården (uncredited)
Mats Lindblom ... Man (uncredited)

Magnus Nordstrand ... Young Man in Theatre (uncredited)
Michael Santiago ... Voice (uncredited)
Marie-Louise Sid ... Dancer - Teatern (uncredited)

Peter Stormare ... Young man who helps Isak with coffer (uncredited)
Pernilla Wahlgren ... Esmeralda - Biskopsgården (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
Ingmar Bergman (written by)

Produced by
Jörn Donner .... producer
Renzo Rossellini .... co-producer (uncredited)
Daniel Toscan du Plantier .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Daniel Bell 
 
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvia Ingemarsson 
 
Art Direction by
Anna Asp 
 
Set Decoration by
Susanne Lingheim 
 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh  (as Marik Vos)
 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... wig maker
Kjell Gustavsson .... wig maker
Barbro Haugen .... makeup artist (as Barbro H Haugen)
Anna-Lena Melin .... makeup artist
Leif Qviström .... makeup artist
Mariann Virdestam .... wig maker
 
Production Management
Katinka Faragó .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Schildt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gunilla Allard .... props
Jan Andersson .... props
Olle Berg .... carpenter
Kenneth Blomqvist .... carpenter
Anna Marie Davidsson .... painter
Christer Ekelund .... props
Tua Ekholm .... painter
Jan Eriksson .... carpenter
Kenth Eriksson .... painter (as Kent Eriksson)
Annmargret Fyregård .... assistant set decorator
Ylva Hammar .... painter
Teddy Holm .... painter
Johan Husberg .... props
Cecilia Iversen .... painter
Dick Jacobsson .... painter
Lisbeth Jansson .... painter
Nisse Johansson .... carpenter
Andrew Jones .... painter
Donald Karlsson .... painter
Lena Karlsson .... painter
Bengt Landegren .... painter
Kaj Larsen .... technical director
Berth Martinsson .... carpenter (as Bert Martinsson)
Percy Nilsson .... construction grip
Rolf Persson .... head painter
Ulrika Rindegård .... assistant set decorator
Björn Sinclair .... carpenter
Bertil Sjölund .... carpenter
Anna Skagerfors .... painter
Tom Stocklassa .... painter
Hans Strandberg .... carpenter
Bengt Svedberg .... painter
Anders Söderlund .... carpenter
Jakob Tigerskiöld .... draughtsman
Sigrid William-Olsson .... painter
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Björn Gunnarsson .... sound mixer
Björn Gunnarsson .... sound
Lasse Liljeholm .... sound mixer (as Lars Liljeholm)
Lasse Liljeholm .... sound (as Lars Liljeholm)
Bo Persson .... sound mixer
Bo Persson .... sound
Owe Svensson .... sound mixer
Owe Svensson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Bengt Lundgren .... special effects
 
Stunts
Johan Thorén .... stunts (as Johan Torén)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Torbjörn Andersson .... electrician
Daniel Bergman .... grip
Ulf Björck .... electrician
Arne Carlsson .... still photographer
Tony Forsberg .... camera operator: second unit
Ragnar Hansson .... electrician
Kent Högberg .... electrician
Lars Karlsson .... assistant camera
Ted Lindahl .... electrician
Dan Myhrman .... assistant camera
Ulf Pramfors .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ingabritt Adrianson-Ejenstam .... costume assistant (as Ingabritt Adriansson)
Anne-Marie Broms .... costume assistant (as Anne Marie Broms)
Wiveca Dahlström .... tailor
Ann Katrin Edmark .... tailor
Görel Engstrand .... costume assistant
Solveig Eriksson .... tailor
Rosemarie Karlsson .... tailor
Maria Lindmark .... costume assistant
Elsie-Britt Lindström .... costume producer
Ann-Christin Lobråten .... costume assistant (as Annchristin Lobråten-Hjelm)
Kristina Makroff .... costume producer
Robert Nordlund .... costume producer
Lena Persson .... tailor
Kjell Sundqvist .... costume producer
Niclas Svartengren .... tailor
Caroline Von Rosen .... tailor
Lenamari Wallström .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Mikael Lönndahl .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Frans Helmerson .... musician
Marianne Jacobs .... musician
Per Lyng .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Åke Dahlbom .... driver
 
Other crew
Ingrid Bergman .... administrator
Mildred Brandt .... hostess
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... administrator
Kerstin Eriksdotter .... script supervisor
Berit Gullberg .... press officer
Arne Högsander .... dolls
Hellen Igler .... accountant
Eva Ivarsson .... location manager
Benita Lundqvist .... production secretary
Nils Melander .... laboratory technician
Marie Rechlin .... teacher
Fredrik Von Rosen .... administrator
Brita Werkmäster .... location manager
Christian Wirsén .... laterna magica
Mercedes Björlin .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fanny och Alexander" - Sweden (original title)
"Fanny & Alexander" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
188 min | Sweden:312 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ingmar Bergman's work diary was released in Sweden in 2006, revealing that the director has huge doubts of himself pulling this big film off. There are constants complain about illnesses, misery and fear he might not finish the movie due to personal concerns.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Among the Christmas decorations in the Ekdahl house, there is a garland of miniature flags of Scandinavian countries, including the Finnish flag. The Finnish flag was in fact only designed and adopted after Finnish independence in 1917, a decade after the events of the film.See more »
Quotes:
Ekdahlska huset - Alexander Ekdahl:[to his stepfather] Alexander does not wish the Bishop a good night.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.35" (2009)See more »

FAQ

Was the Bishop responsible for how his previous family died?
How could Fanny & Alexander be eligible for an Academy Award, when it was shown on television beforehand?
What happens during Uncle Isak's visit to the Bishop's House and how?
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65 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Bergman's ultimate best, 14 February 2006
Author: francois chevallier (francheval@noos.fr) from Paris, France

Swedish director Ingmar Bergman has a reputation for dark, intellectual and introspective dramas, which is only partly justified because many of his early movies were rather light-hearted. Here is the longest movie he did (three hours), and the theatrical version is only half of the original which was twice as long. But length should not stop you from watching this jewel of a film, which is both complex and accessible. After all, "Gone with the Wind" is just as long.

"Fanny and Alexander "isn't exactly a family movie, but it is a movie about family. Family seen in all its different facets through the eyes of two children. The film is divided into three very different parts, each of them showing a different aspect of family life. It is set in Uppsala, Sweden (Bergman's native city), at the turn of the twentieth century. The story begins on Christmas Eve, and we are plunged right away into a fairytale atmosphere.

Fanny and Alexander"s family seems a happy one, actually a family of theatre actors. During the Christmas Eve party held at the grandmother's heavily-furnished house, the atmosphere is joyful at first glance, especially for the children who obviously feel very much at home. But reality is not just what it seems. The children's father is seriously ill. One of the uncles is manic-depressive, and the other is a skirt-chaser who has an affair with the young maid while his wife shows a lot of comprehension. Even the grandmother keeps a secret affair with a Jewish banker (played by Erland Josephson, a Bergman regular) that has lasted for many years.

The children's world collapse as their father dies. Soon after, their still young and beautiful mother marries the bishop, whose name is Vergerus (that's the name of the villain in all Bergman's movies, don't ask me why). The atmosphere in the bishop's house could not be more different from the children's first home. It is bare, silent, freezing. Alexander and the bishop hate each other from the start. This hate culminates when the bishop flogs Alexander to punish him, during a suffocating scene. War is declared from then on. Although the children's mother is pregnant, she already regrets her second marriage and seeks help from her former family.

The grandma's Jewish friend, who is also sort of a magician, manages to kidnap the children by a clever stratagem. They are sheltered in his house, which is full of puppets and mysterious objects. There, a strange nephew of his lives in seclusion (the role is played by a woman). From then on, reality and fantasy get blurred, but what is certain is that the evil bishop meets a cruel fate, and the children's mother finally makes it back to her former home.

The film ends as it began, with a party. Two new babies are just born : the mother's baby she had from the wicked bishop, and the maid's baby with the luscious uncle. The two of them are accepted immediately as part of the family, which is a rather precocious sign of Scandinavian open-mindedness (in 1900, illegitimate children were generally rejected as bastards).

Despite the title, attention is focused much more on Alexander than on Fanny. She is there all the time but speaks little, while showing unconditional solidarity with her brother. A possible reason is that the movie seems to have strong autobiographical elements, more than any other Bergman, and if so, Alexander seems to incarnate Bergman himself as a child. Bergman's father happened to be a minister, and the director confessed that he was raised in a very oppressive manner. Thus, it is quite possible that Alexander's step family is a representation of Bergman's real family, while Alexander's real family is the family Bergman had dreamed of, unsurprisingly a family of actors.

This film also displays the most accomplished use that Bergman's renowned photographer Sven Nykvist ever made of color. He was a long time reluctant to color and kept shooting in black and white well into the sixties. Bergman's first color movies had nothing special, until "Cries and whispers" where an obsessive use of red started to appear. The color contrasts are very strong in "Fanny and Alexander", and are especially used to underline the difference between the grandmother's colorful home and the bishop's house which is mostly all black and white.

There are many characters in this story, and all the major adult roles are played by actors who are all very famous in Sweden. There is a special appearance by Harriet Andersson, who played the female lead in many Bergmans of the fifties, especially well remembered as the whimsical "Monika". Here, she is ungratefully cast as the bishop's elderly tormented servant who likes scaring the children with horror stories. As for the young maid, she is played Pernilla Wallgren, who married Danish director Bille August and became later famous as Pernilla August. She played the lead in "The best intentions" directed by Bille August but based on a script by Bergman, and also taking place in Uppsala at the turn of the twentieth century...

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