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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 25 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(review of the 5-hour cut) A total, un-abashed work of art that you'll love or hate. I loved it, and it's likely one of the great epics I'll ever see See more (92 total) »

Cast

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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)
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)
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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 had Ingrid Bergman in mind when he wrote the role of Helena Ekdahl, grandmother of Fanny and Alexander. The role eventually went to Gunn Wållgren.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In one scene, Gun Wållgren refers to the historically famous Belgian town of Waterloo, and uses an English pronunciation, which is an obvious modern trait - probably as a result of the popularity of the eponymous song from the pop group Abba.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 Nobellvägen (2004) (V)See more »

FAQ

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How could Fanny & Alexander be eligible for an Academy Award, when it was shown on television beforehand?
Was the Bishop responsible for how his previous family died?
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79 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
(review of the 5-hour cut) A total, un-abashed work of art that you'll love or hate. I loved it, and it's likely one of the great epics I'll ever see, 21 November 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

As Ingmar Bergman's "swan song" (which wasn't necessarily the case once After the Rehearsal and the recent Saraband were released), Fanny and Alexander was a film I saw many months ago, in its truncated, 3-hour version. I knew I had witnessed something special, something life-affirming, and above all a work that contained enough poetry, passion, and humanity for two movies. But I also felt as if there was something missing here and there. So, once the complete TV version was released, as with Scenes from a Marriage, I jumped at the opportunity to view it in its entirety. Broken up here into 5 Acts, Bergman takes another semi-autobiographical approach to his storytelling, and it's a sumptuous tale of a turn of the 20th Century family (the Ekdahls, comprising of Oscar and Emilie, the parents, Fanny and Alexander, the kids- Alexander being mostly the driving force behind the story- and also the other relatives Carl and Gustov Adolf, brothers of Oscar, Helena, Alma, Lydia, and also the housemaid Maj) who own a theater company.

What makes Fanny and Alexander work as a major achievement, if anything else for my money is that all the elements seem balanced out over the acts, with story and characters, each sharply defined. The first act unfolds with attention to the little details and the more prevalent ones in a family gathering. A key speech made by Oscar is a haunting bit of foreshadowing before they set off for the family dinner. This scene, involving more or less two dozen people, is sometimes very funny, sometimes a little unnerving, and towards the end depressing. But scenes such as these reveal how wonderful and exciting Bergman can be with his material and actors- despite it taking place in 1907, you can see these people in modern settings just as easily. There's also the scene involving Oscar with his children before they go to sleep, in which he tells them a story, which ranks as one of the more memorable, touching scenes of the film - from here, we can understand how this brings to Alexander (Bertil Guve, in a performance that is touching by being so straightforward with the innocence of child-hood) to the state he's in for much of the rest of the picture.

Then the second and third acts come around, and the tragedy unfolds as penetrating as I've seen in any film, much less from Bergman. It wouldn't spoil it to say that Oscar succumbs to an illness, and passes away. From here, Emilie (Ewa Fröling, a performance meant for Liv Ullman, which she fits just as well) tries to go on as usual, and it just doesn't feel the same. She seeks counsel from the village bishop, Edvard Vergerus (Jan Malmsjo, previously in Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage), and subsequently falls in love with him, or at least thinks she does. They get married, and the children are forced into leaving (almost) everything behind to live at his dreary, caged residence, a far cry from where they once lived, a place lush with colors and life in the rooms. Both of these assets are provided by an Oscar winning production design team, and the foundations of how these two, including as well the theater, display how period-perfect some of this can be.

The last two acts are when things get rough, which is a standard Bergman is known for. This kind of standard, if I could call it such, includes his personal connection to the Christian church, in particular with his father being a Lutheran priest. I'm not guessing on how fact based Bishop Vergerus is to Bergman's life, and I really don't want to either. One of the things I loved about the film (than some likely hated on it's original release- I know, for example, that my father was devastated after watching this film) is how the good and the bad, or what could be seen as good and bad, are paired off, and how the middle-ground is just as clear or un-clear. Emilie is a good person, wanting the best for her children and for herself, but she doesn't know how to do that without someone to bring guidance when she cannot after grieving for her dead husband (who appears sometimes to Alexander, which is another matter). Alexander, who is a child raised with all the enthusiasm to express himself as such by his uncles and particularly his theatrical father Oscar, is good but lending himself to not being too firm on what's real and what is not.

The Bishop, on the other hand, is one who, as he says at one point "has only one mask". His is a puritanical approach, who sees imagination in only one strict aspect, and has terms of love that are by his code of living and understanding of people. Veregus, along with his family that live in fear and suffering (Harriet Andersson's character, and with the character of the heavy, ill aunt), know little is anything about how the Ekdahls have lived. What ends up happening, even from the get-go of the third act, in the fourth and fifth acts Bergman reveals Bishop Veregus to be an immense antagonist, one that allows just enough sympathy in one or two spots to not throw something at the TV, but with the kind of language that only the most terrifying of movie characters possess. Bottom line, this character, whether you like the film or not, is one of Bergman's greatest creations, and is pulled off by Malmjso with icy, disturbing perfection; it's one of the most memorable of the kind in film I can think of, right up there with Nurse Ratched, HAL 9000, and Darth Vader.

But what torment and anguish the characters, as well as much of the audience, seem to endure in the fourth/fifth acts; there also comes revelatory moments of sheer beauty and enchantment. A couple of scenes involving Alexander in the puppet shop, for example, display a level of artistry that goes between Bunuel and Disney. And a particular, long soliloquy by Isak (Erland Josephsson, not under-used at all) to the children is a poem unto itself that gives me an idea that Bergman had he not gone into theater and film, would've been one of the great poets of the 20th century. As the catharsis comes, it comes with a kind of justice that works in the only way it satisfyingly could have. With the fates of the Bishop, Emilie, and Alexander and Fanny brought to a close, as with the Grandmother, the uncles and aunts, and so on, it's all very symbolic, metaphorical, and real, and it gels together.

One last note- Sven Nykvist, who one his second Oscar with Bergman for this film, creates the kinds of shots that some could only have in their dreams. When he visualizes something for Bergman with the forces of light and dark, with the subtlety and nuance, it's all the better. To put this all in another way, I could go on and on about this huge, heart-rendering work, but it all comes down to this- as an emotional, intellectual, and spiritual (surprisingly for me, who sees religion as a kind of fantasy) sort of film-viewing experience, Fanny and Alexander is one of the most profound I've ever had. Some may feel the same; some may want to forget they ever experienced it. But one thing the film does is stick with you, if only for a little while, and that's really what a film can and should do....by the way, the 5-hour version, at least in America, is only available on a high-priced special edition DVD pack from Criterion, but for the viewer who's already a fan of the film, it makes for a great holiday gift. A++

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