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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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Tarik Saleh: ‘Film Saved My Life When I Was a Kid’

Tarik Saleh: ‘Film Saved My Life When I Was a Kid’
Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country’s most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001’s “Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara” and “Gitmo – The New Rules of War” in 2005. “Metropia,” the animated feature Saleh directed in 2009, premiered as the opening film at the critic week in Venice. Saleh is also a co-founder of the Swedish production company Atmo. His current thriller, “Tommy,” starring Ola Rapace and Lykke Li, switches gears as Saleh transitions from the docu format to fiction. Based on actual events, “Tommy” tells the story of a robbery at an airport and offers a more in-depth portrayal of the women in Sweden’s crime world. The flick will close the Goteborg Int’l film festival and bows in Swedish theaters in March. Variety talked to Saleh during the festival.
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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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New this Week: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Muppets’ and ‘Super 8 (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Arthur Christmas - James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy

Hugo - Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

The Muppets - Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

Movie of the Week

Hugo

The Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

The Plot: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

The Buzz: Director Martin Scorsese is not known for his family films. Throughout his career Scorsese has stuck to churning out gritty/grisly street films, realistic & vibrant tales about the harshness of life, about the hard-nose battle of good versus evil, of right versus wrong (of moral relativity), and of psychoses versus neuroses. His films are fairly hardcore and as thus are very often hard-r. His latest offering in Hugo, looks to be an
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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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New this Week: ‘Drive Angry,’ ‘Hall Pass’ and ‘Due Date (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Drive AngryNicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner

Hall PassOwen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate

ShelterJulianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn (limited)

Movie of the Week

Hall Pass

The Stars: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate

The Plot: A married man (Wilson) is granted the opportunity to have an affair by his wife.

The Buzz: I’m happy to see, after a four-year hiatus, the Farrelly Brothers are back (Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal) — it’s also nice to see Owen Wilson back to his regular Hollywood hard-working self. I didn’t think the red-band trailer for Hall Pass was as funny as the green-band, but I am still holding out hope that the Farrelly’s and Mr. Wilson are as good a match-up in reality as they are on paper. The supporting cast looks solid, with Jason Sudeikis,
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Fanny And Alexander Review Pt.3 – The Criterion Collection DVD

Ewa Fröling in Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander Fanny And Alexander Review Pt. 2 The television version of Fanny and Alexander comes on two discs, each with two of the four episodes (although the series is in five 'Acts'), but only with English subtitles. The second of these discs also offers a good forty-minute documentary called A Bergman Tapestry, featuring interviews with Fanny and Alexander producer Jörn Donner, production manager Katinka Farago, art director Anna Asp, assistant director Peter Schildt, and actors Bertil Guve (who now looks like a balder, thinner Guy Pearce), Ewa Fröling, Pernilla August, and Erland Josephson. The final two discs have Bergman's acclaimed, but rather tedious and uninsightful The Making of Fanny and Alexander. The documentary simply follows scenes showing the filming process, with no real discussion or commentary by either Bergman or any of the participants. Especially in this DVD age, this "Making of" feels
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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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The Girl Who Has More Than Just A Dragon Tattoo

Director: Niels Arden Oplev Writer: Nikolaj Arcel,Rasmus Heisterberg DVD and Blu-ray release date: July 19 2010 Studio: Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment No of discs: 1 Region: 2 Price: From £10.99-£16.99 Running Time: 147/153 mins (DVD/Blu-ray) Certificate: 18 Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Haber, Lena Endre, Ewa Fröling Swedish director, Niels Arden Oplev's adaptation of the first novel in Stieg Larsson's trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is a mind blowing entrancing mystery thriller, paving the way for an already highly anticipated sequel. Middle-aged journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist), loses a libel case brought against him by corrupt industrialist, Hans-Erik Wennerström and faces a three month prison sentence. Impressed by his reputation for thorough investigation, wealthy businessman, Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube), employs Blomkvist to solve the mystery of his 16-year-old niece's disappearance some forty years ago. Racing against time, Blomkvist must solve the mystery before his sentence begins. Teaming up with Lisbeth Salander,
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Out this week on Blu-Ray and DVD 7.6.10

 

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th! I went and saw Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and I Loved it! Can't wait for it to come out on DVD. Anywho let's move on to this week's releases. Here are the highlights of the week.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's (Sven-Bertil Taube) teen niece (Ewa Fröling), only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger's powerful family. Niels Arden Oplev directs this Swedish thriller based on the first novel from Stieg Larsson's best-selling trilogy.

Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

*You can play this in English as well*

From what I have heard this movie is amazing! I can't wait to watch it. I had it on my
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“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” spins sticky web of thrills, lies

By Sean O’Connell

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (*** out of 4)

Editor’s note: Music Box Films continues to expand this movie after limited, successful theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles

It’s difficult watching Niels Arden Opley’s original “Dragon,” an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime novel, without thinking ahead to the already announced American remake. Will Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan of “An Education” win the coveted, cultish role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander? How will she approach the part, which would require her to endure extremely harsh physical and psychological challenges? And who should they cast alongside her as Mikael Blomkvist, a sullied journalist caught up in a web of intrigue?

Such distractions only last so long, for Opley’s film — or, more specifically, Larsson’s lurid and twisty mystery — quickly pulls you into a 40-year-old cold case, a desperate search for a
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 50 ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Chicago Passes

Chicago – In our latest crime/mystery edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-one passes up for grabs for the new film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”! The film, which is based on the international best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson, opens on March 19, 2010.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” stars Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lagercrantz, Björn Granath, Ewa Fröling, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Sofia Ledarp, Tomas Köhler and David Dencik from director

Niels Arden Oplev and writers Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg.

This screening will take place on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. To win your free “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” movie pass courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer our question in this Web-based submission form. That’s it!

The movie poster for “The Girl With the Dragon
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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (Män som hatar kvinnor) | Review - SXSW Film 2010

Director: Niels Arden Oplev Writer(s): Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel) Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube, Lena Endre, Peter Haber Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqysit), an aging political journalist for the magazine Millennium, has just lost a libel case brought by a Swedish industrialist named Hans-Erik Wennerström (Stefan Sauk). Mikael, with six months of freedom to enjoy prior to his prison term, is forced to take a leave of absence from the publishing world but is promptly courted by Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube) in order to solve a 40-year old cold case - the disappearance of Vanger's 16-year old niece, Harriet (Ewa Fröling/Julia Sporre). Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is a computer hacker with a penchant for black leather, piercings and tattoos (including the titular one). Thanks to a checkered (violent) past, Lisbeth has a court-ordered guardian controlling her money. Her newest guardian forces
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