Fanny and Alexander

Fanny and Alexander
  • 1982
  • Sweden
  • 3h 9min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Written by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast: Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Börje Ahlstedt, Anna Bergman, Gunn Wållgren, Erland Josephson, Mats Bergman, Jarl Kulle
  • Language: Swedish, German, Yiddish, English

Many of those familiar Bergman themes - religious doubt, a puritanical father, the materialisation of God - are present in this turn-of-the-century family saga, which was 300 minutes long in its original TV format. The harsher semi-autobiographical references are softened by the fact that it captures some of the childish joy of its young protagonist, particularly in the dazzling Christmas scenes.

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