Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Taglines: En film av Ingmar Bergman.

It’s the early twentieth century Sweden. Adolescent siblings Alexander and Fanny Ekdahl lead a relatively joyous and exuberant life with their well-off extended paternal family, led by the family matriarch, their grandmother, Helena Ekdahl.

The openness of the family culture is exemplified by Helena’s now deceased husband ending up becoming best friends with one of her lovers, a Jewish puppet maker named Isak Jacobi, and their Uncle Gustav Adolf’s open liaison with one of the family maids, Maj, who everyone in the family adores, even Gustav Adolf’s wife, Alma.

Between the siblings, Alexander in particular has inherited the family’s love of storytelling, his parents and his grandmother who are actors and who manage their own theater. Things change for Alexander and Fanny when their father, Oscar, dies shortly after Christmas 1907. Although she truly does believe she loves him, the children’s mother, Emilie, decides to marry Bishop Edvard Vergérus, who she first met as the officiate.

Fanny and Alexander (Swedish: Fanny och Alexander) is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 17 December 1982, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. The plot focuses on two siblings and their large family in Uppsala, Sweden in the 1900s.

It was originally conceived as a four-part TV movie and cut in that version, spanning 312 minutes; a 188-minute cut version was created later for cinematic release, although this version was in fact the one to be released first. The TV version has since been released as a complete film, and both versions have been shown in theaters throughout the world. The 312-minute cut, at five hours and 12 minutes, is one of the longest cinematic films in history.

Fanny and Alexander Movie Poster (1982)

Fanny and Alexander (1982)

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Kristian Almgren, Carl Billquist, Allan Edwall, Ewa Fröling
Screenplay by: Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography by: Sven Nykvist
Film Editing by: Sylvia Ingemarsson
Costume Design by: Marik Vos-Lundh
Set Decoration by: Susanne Lingheim
Art Direction by: Anna Asp
Music by: Daniel Bell
Distributed by: Gaumont
Release Date: December 17, 1982