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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.
“A sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods.” – Variety
Ingmar Bergman 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. Described by Bergman himself as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker,” this semi-autobiographical tale – originally conceived as a four-part TV movie – beautifully marries his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality, all conveyed through the sumptuously glowing cinematography of long-time collaborator Sven Nykvist. (Dir. by Ingmar Bergman, 1982, Sweden, in Swedish with English subtitles, 188 mins., Rated R)