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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.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Patricia Gélin ... Statue - Ekdahlska huset (as Patricia Gelin)
Majlis Granlund Majlis Granlund ... Miss Vega - Ekdahlska huset
Maria Granlund Maria Granlund ... Petra Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Bertil Guve ... Alexander Ekdahl - Ekdahlska huset
Eva von Hanno Eva von Hanno ... Berta - Ekdahlska huset
Sonya Hedenbratt ... 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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In paring down the film to exhibitable length, Bergman said he had to "cut into the nerves and lifeblood of the film". See more »

Goofs

The movie is set around 1905, as can be seen from the "contract" that Gustav Adolf gave Maj early in the movie, but Edvard tells Emilie that he heard that the universe is expanding. Slipher discovered the red shifts in some nebulae/galaxies in 1912, an observation that suggests that these objects are moving away from us; Hubble's law of the expanding universe was published in 1929; and the big bang theory become popular in the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Ekdahlska huset - Helena Ekdahl: Are you sad because you've grown old?
Jacobis hus - Isak Jacobi: I'm certainly not. Everything's getting worse. Worse people, worse machines, worse wars... and worse weather. I'm glad I'll soon be dead.
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Alternate Versions

Theatrical version is 188 minutes long. Director's cut is 312 minutes long. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Tailor and His Wife
Sung by choir (the student friends).
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Could well lay claims to being the best European film of all time
28 February 2002 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

I am not one for putting up idols on pedestals; mostly Bergman's films leave me tepid or even cold. But Fanny och Alexander is a splendid production, beautifully made, so superb it even evokes feelings of having come from a novel. Excellent characterization throughout, all the way down the cast, lending that magic touch to the costuming of the early 1900s. Mesmerising throughout, the film is not a single minute too long. The development of the story-line is superbly handled in an absorbing and coherent manner, manifesting the great empathy between director and actors. If the cinematography is visual poetry, the script is philosophical and full of awareness or consciousness of things in life, but not at a pretentious, abstract and theoretical level, but at a real human dimension.

If you only have 10 videos in your collection, Fanny och Alexander should be one of them. My vote is a bit higher than the IMDb average.

These comments refer to the 3-hour version.


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Details

Country:

Sweden | France | West Germany

Language:

Swedish | German | Yiddish | English | French

Release Date:

17 December 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,783,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,795,771
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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