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Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman (The Seventh Seal) intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. The Criterion Collection is proud to present both the theatrical release and the original five-hour television version of this great work. Also included in the box set is Bergman’s own feature-length documentary The Making of “Fanny and Alexander,” a unique glimpse into his creative process.
It was instantly acclaimed the crowning masterwork of Ingmar Bergman's career, and time has not dimmed the Olympian status of Fanny and Alexander. Bergman drew upon memories of his own childhood for this portrait of the Ekdahls, the upper-class Swedish family whose celebrations and tribulations are seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Alexander (Bertil Guve). The world of the theater, of puppet shows and magic lanterns, does battle in this scenario with the cold realities of the palace of the bishop--a man whose influence over Alexander's mother gives the movie the stark outlines of a fairy tale.--Robert Horton --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Of course it's a stunningly moving film--it's Bergman, mature and alight with brilliance. But the product itself is excellent; the second DVD fascinating.Published 21 months ago by Jan
It is delightful to have the television version in blu-ray. It is fuller, rounder and with much additional detail. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2011 by Mike
I'm not very familiar with other Bergman movies, so I cannot approach this movie from the standpoint of a Bergman fan. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2002
Though I give Fanny and Alexander only 4 stars, I can totally understand reviewers who give it 5 stars. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001 by andrew smith
Fanny and Alexander should be rated "TL" for too long!
It seemed to just drag along, with more emphasis placed on costumes than a decent story line. Read more
I was waiting for 2 years for the DVD of Fanny and Alexander,but seems it will never "be released".The video is very poor quality,and auch! Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by Bohdanna
I have to admit that I understand why other people would find this film pointless or dull at times. It doesn't seem to be conveying a clear message. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2000 by Don P. Deboer
I wish someone could inform me: What's the original aspect ratio of this film? Is it 2.35:1 or 1.33:1?
Is the VHS in the original aspect ratio of the film? Read more
When I saw this film for the first time I had an almost visceral reaction to it. Its haunting imagery has stayed with me ever since. Read morePublished on May 6 2000