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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‘There should be no shame in us taking pleasure in our little lives.’ Legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece, Fanny & Alexander , is translated to the stage by BAFTA award-winning writer Stephen Beresford and Old Vic Associate Director Max Webster. Amongst the gilded romance and glamour of 1900s Sweden, siblings Fanny and Alexander’s world is turned upside down when their widowed mother remarries the iron-willed local bishop. As creative freedom and rigid orthodoxy clash, a war ensues between imagination and austerity in this magical study of childhood, family and love.

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