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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bergman's Final, Disturbing Masterwork About Religion, Power and Child Abuse

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired Alexander Ekdahl (Bertil Guve), the original "boy who sees dead people." Better yet, it should have been called "The Ekdahls," for that whole family is central to the film, especially Fanny and Alexander's beautiful blonde mother Emilie,
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DVD Review - Exit (2006)

Exit, 2006.

Directed by Peter Lindmark.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Samuel Fröler, Alexander Skarsgård, Kirsti Torhaug, Börje Ahlstedt, Kristina Törnqvist.

Synopsis:

A successful businessman is accused of murdering his mentor and partner for reasons of financial gain. He must attempt to clear his name, while also protecting his young family.

This taut Swedish action thriller arrives on UK shores via the so-called (and on occasion mistakenly so) Nordic Noir imprint of Arrow Films, a distribution decision based on the intention to reach the dedicated fans of Scandinavian film and TV. It appears to be a sensible one, as Exit contains many of the elements that have made the recent wave of largely Danish and Swedish film offerings to be so successful.

Firstly, it stars Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt, Valhalla Rising, Hannibal), an actor capable of expressing intangible depths of internal despair and stress through his unusual and constantly changeable features. His turn
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Fanny And Alexander Criterion Blu-ray Review

Ingmar Bergman is one of the most respected names in cinema, which comes with a price. When in The Seventh Seal he had a knight and the embodiment of death play a chess game, he unfortunately crystallized what Americans feared was the nature of “Foreign Films.” They seemed pretentious and humorless, about suffering and existentialism. So it’s understandable if the body of work is approached with some hesitation. But – though it starts slowly – Fanny and Alexander, his 1982 farewell to directing cinema, begins with a Christmas celebration that features sex and fart jokes. Seriously, jokes plural. Our review of Criterion’s Blu-ray of Fanny and Alexander follows after the jump. Bertil Guve stars as Alexander Ekdahl, His parents act and run the local theater, and as the film begins they are finishing their Christmas show and going to dinner with the matriarch of their family Helena (Gunn Wallgren). There we meet the family.
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Fanny and Alexander Blu Ray Review

Fanny and Alexander Directed by: Ingmar Bergman Written by: Ingmar Bergman Starring: Börje Ahlstedt, Pernilla Allwin, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling, Bertil Guve I was faced with a dilemma when I finally sat down to watch Ingmar Bergman's epic 1982 family drama, Fanny and Alexander. Not unlike his "Scenes From a Marriage", Criterion's wonderful blu ray set contains two versions of the film: the 3 hour theatrical cut and the original five and a half hour TV miniseries. Which version do I watch? I've always hated being forced to make such choices and now that DVD and blu ray have afforded filmmakers the option to release various director's cuts and unrated versions, it seem to happen all too often. Luckily, this situation seemed a little more clear cut. Obviously if Bergman shot and released a five hour version, That was the complete version. So that's where I started. The first hour of
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Fanny And Alexander Review – d: Ingmar Bergman

Fanny Och Alexander / Fanny And Alexander (1982) Direction and Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Ewa Fröling, Börje Ahlstedt, Jan Malmsjö, Allan Edwall, Gunn Wållgren, Jarl Kulle , Erland Josephson, Pernilla August, Harriet Andersson, Stina Ekblad, Mats Bergman, Gunnar Björnstrand, Lena Olin Oscar Movies Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Fanny and Alexander By Dan Schneider of Cosmoetica: Why Ingmar Bergman's final 'filmic film,' Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (1982) bears its appellation is a mystery — one of many in the film — since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired [...]
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