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Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Fanny och Alexander (original title)
Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Siri - Ekdahlska huset
... Carl Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
... Fanny Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
... Putte Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
... Police Superintendent Jespersson - Ekdahlska huset
... Witness to Bishop's Death - Ekdahlska huset
... Oscar Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
... Alida - Ekdahlska huset
... Emilie Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Patricia Gélin ... Statue - Ekdahlska huset (as Patricia Gelin)
Majlis Granlund ... Miss Vega - Ekdahlska huset
Maria Granlund ... Petra Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
... Alexander Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Eva von Hanno ... Berta - Ekdahlska huset
... Aunt Emma - Ekdahlska huset
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Storyline

It's the early twentieth century Sweden. Adolescent siblings Alexander and Fanny Ekdahl lead a relatively joyous and exuberant life with their well-off extended paternal family, led by the family matriarch, their grandmother, Helena Ekdahl. The openness of the family culture is exemplified by Helena's now deceased husband ending up becoming best friends with one of her lovers, a Jewish puppet maker named Isak Jacobi, and their Uncle Gustav Adolf's open liaison with one of the family maids, Maj, who everyone in the family adores, even Gustav Adolf's wife, Alma. Between the siblings, Alexander in particular has inherited the family's love of storytelling, his parents and his grandmother who are actors and who manage their own theater. Things change for Alexander and Fanny when their father, Oscar, dies shortly after Christmas 1907. Although she truly does believe she loves him, the children's mother, Emilie, decides to marry Bishop Edvard Vergérus, who she first met as the officiate at ... Written by Huggo

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En film av Ingmar Bergman

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Drama

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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,365, 19 June 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,971,340, 2 January 1984
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ingmar Bergman's work diary was released in Sweden in 2006, revealing that the director had intense doubt in his ability to successfully finish the large undertaking that this film presented. There are constant hypochondriacal complaints about illnesses, misery, and fear he might not finish the movie due to personal concerns. See more »

Goofs

In the theatre scene, early in the movie, Georg Årlin, who plays a high ranking military man, is seen whispering with a person sitting next to him. The next shot shows other people talking, and then Årlin is seen behind them at the left corner, in conversation with no one, staring into space in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Ekdahlska huset - Gustav Adolf Ekdahl: Therefore let us be happy while we are happy. Let us be kind, generous, affectionate and good. It is necessary and not at all shameful to take pleasure in the little world.
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Triumphant
25 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film could never have been made in the United States. I realize when it was made Bergman had been around for a long time and had his own clout but it still has too much of a philosophical slant to be mainstream here. This film is amazing. The first hour moves at a slow pace but it really sets up the rest of the movie well and then it really picks up. The cinematography is breathtaking and while this story makes you think a lot you don't feel ambivalent towards the characters through the rest of the first film after having been slowly introduced to all the characters you have a certain identifcation that is purely emotional and blends wonderfully with the other aspects of the film. It's truly great and should be considered one of Bergman's best works.


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