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Through the wide eyes of ten-year-old Alexander (Bertil Guve), we witness the great delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl familya sprawling, convivial bourgeois clan living in turn-of-the-century Sweden. Intended as Ingmar Bergmans swan song, Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) is the legendary filmmakers warmest and most autobiographical film, a triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional rigor with immense joyfulness and sensuality. The Criterion Collection is proud to present not only the theatrical versionwinner of the 1984 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Filmbut also, for the first time on home video in the U.S., the original five-hour television version, together in a single boxed set. Also included is Bergmans own feature-length documentary The Making of Fanny and Alexander (Dokument Fanny och Alexander), offering a unique glimpse into his creative process and a candid behind-the-scenes look at a monumental film in the making. INCLUDED WITH FANNY AND ALEXANDER, FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD: THE MAKING OF FANNY AND ALEXANDER The Making of Fanny and Alexander is a fascinating look at the creation of a masterpiece. Directed by Ingmar Bergman himself, this feature-length documentary chronicles the methods of one of cinemas true luminaries as he labors to realize his crowning production. Featuring Bergman at work with many of his longtime collaboratorsincluding cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors Erland Josephson, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Harriet AnderssonThe Making of Fanny and Alexander is a witty and revealing portrait of a virtuoso filmmaker.
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 20 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