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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Not the first time Ingmar Bergman made a TV mini-series and released a truncated theatrical version to cinemas. He did the same with Scenes from a Marriage (1973). See more »

Goofs

Among the Christmas decorations in the Ekdahl house, there is a garland of miniature flags of Scandinavian countries, including the Finnish flag. The Finnish flag was in fact only designed and adopted after Finnish independence in 1917, a decade after the events of the film. See more »

Quotes

Biskopsgården - Bishop Edvard Vergerus: You don't get rid of me that easy!
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User Reviews

 
Not only one of the best Swedish films ever made , one of the best films ever made!!!
17 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have wanted to see this film for years but I have missed it several times they were showing it on television.And also because of my father does not like Bergman(why??) but still think that this film is fantastic.I saw it yesterday just after having read Bergman´s autobiography and this film is much a autobiographical film.

I would like to say something about the cinematography and acting.But what is there more to say about Sven Nykvist´s cinematography then MASTERFUL.Before I saw the film I read in a newspaper that this is the best Swedish acting film ever made and it was actually picked as number two as the best Swedish film ever made for a couple of years ago(film fans voted).The WHOLE cast acts SUPERB,I am not sure if I have ever seen anything more perfect.

This is a chronicle over a family.It has a a great poetic script that combines just as it sad in a other comment:striking visuals.Bergman has really done this to a masterpiece.Now I want to see the five-hour version(i saw the 3 hour version).Colorful,perfect,frightening and sometimes even funny.What I guess I liked most was that they showed everything from the children´s eyes.One of Bergman´s best.5/5


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