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Posted October 1, 2010
Fanny and Alexander, beautiful, and heart touching
I stumbled across Fanny and Alexander by pure coincidence on a popular movie database website. I thought the story seemed very interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I luckily got the Criterion boxed set version on sale at a local Barnes and Noble for 50% off, so I couldn't let the opportunity pass. The boxed set comes with the theatrical 188 minute version, which to be honest, falls short of what the television version has to offer, which clocks in at a staggering 312 minutes. I was a little intimidated at first, with the very long length, but let me be the first to tell you that I became so absorbed in the film, that the movie seemed to almost end too soon. The way Bergman fleshes out his characters, is something that every aspiring director wishes they could do, and he does so, seemingly effortlessly. It is beautifully acted by a cast that really makes you feel like the film you are watching, is real. But the one thing that stood out to me the most, was Sven Nykvist's beautiful cinematography. The way he captures emotion is, in my opinion, perfect. From long takes in the theater, where the camera hardly moves at all, to the intricate dolly shots he uses inside the estate, he never ceases to amaze. I don't want to talk about any of the story, because I want people to see this masterpiece for themselves. If you love beautiful period piece films, that constantly challenge your mind, then I cannot recommend Fanny and Alexander enough. It is a perfect example of why film is not only entertainment, but also art.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2010
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