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The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1984)

Dokument Fanny och Alexander (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 October 1987 (Uruguay)
A chronicle of the making of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film.


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Credited cast:
Daniel Bergman Daniel Bergman ... Himself
Ingmar Bergman ... Himself
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Himself
Allan Edwall ... Himself
Ewa Fröling ... Herself
Erland Josephson ... Himself
Lars Karlsson Lars Karlsson ... Himself
Sven Nykvist ... Himself
Ulf Pramfors Ulf Pramfors ... Himself
Peter Schildt ... Himself
Gunn Wållgren ... Herself


A chronicle of the making of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film.

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Release Date:

8 October 1987 (Uruguay) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of 'Fanny and Alexander' See more »

Filming Locations:

Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden

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1.37 : 1
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #264. See more »


Edited from Fanny and Alexander (1982) See more »

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Worth every penny
14 June 2003 | by cmmescalonaSee all my reviews

This is a film about a film. About, perhaps, the most outstanding film ever made. Bergman exudes his directorial artistry not being completely aware of it. He is at work, doing his thing, perfectly concentrated on the film this film is about.

The camera doing the second work -that is, Bergman's work, is unobtrusive, delicate and tells a completely different story. That may be the strongest point of all this. This film tells the story of how Bergman made the film of his life, his masterpiece. It's not technical. It's not flashy, nor spectacular. It's just the real story of how things worked throughout this extremely complicated and dark story: Bergman's life seen through the eyes of Alexander.

Here we find how Ingmar directed his actors. How he related to his friend and lifelong Director of Photography, Sven Nyvqyst. How he could leave things to others with complete confidence on their competence. How Nyvqyst used lighting, and how

decisions were made through the completion of a huge, long and demanding film.

If you are a film fan, even if you don't know Bergman, you'll find out why European cinema is much more elaborate in its story telling than the typical American film. This is not a director who wants to be on Time's cover. This is the story of how one man who loved theatre as well as film, who was himself an actor, who understood the deep emotions he wanted the audience to submerge in, did a work of art over, maybe, any other in the history of film making. I know this may sound quite cliche. If you can, try to find the five-hour DVD edition of the film, and then watch this one. You will never forget the experience.

One thing must be clear: if you are the "American Dream" kind of film fan, forget about even trying to feel comfortable with Bergman's films. They are overtly awkward compared with the straightforwardness of the typical american storytelling.

If you want more on Bergman, find his interview with a Swedish TV interviewer, talking about life, death and love. A one-hour feast, packed with the Criterion Collection's edition of Cries & Whispers. Worth every penny, too.

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