Fanny & Alexander

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In 1982, Ingmar Bergman emerged with one of his most singularly acclaimed films - a work that dramatically broke away from much of the moody psychodrama that characterized such earlier motion pictures as Cries & Whispers and Hour of the Wolf. Entitled Fanny and Alexander, and originally intended as the director's "swan song," this epic plunges into the life of a theatrical family named the Ekdahls, in turn-of-the-century Sweden. Bergman filters life through the eyes of the two titular Ekdahl children ...
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Overview

In 1982, Ingmar Bergman emerged with one of his most singularly acclaimed films - a work that dramatically broke away from much of the moody psychodrama that characterized such earlier motion pictures as Cries & Whispers and Hour of the Wolf. Entitled Fanny and Alexander, and originally intended as the director's "swan song," this epic plunges into the life of a theatrical family named the Ekdahls, in turn-of-the-century Sweden. Bergman filters life through the eyes of the two titular Ekdahl children (Pernilla Alwin and Bertil Guve), as they come of age, lose their father unexpectedly, and must contend with their mother's remarriage to an uncaring, dictatorial clergyman from whom there seems to be no escape. Instantly hailed as a masterpiece, Fanny won a slew of international awards, including four Oscars. Yet curiously, the three-hour theatrical version seen in the U.S. did not represent the full depth and breadth of Bergman's vision. He also prepared a five-hour version for Swedish television, one that ran locally as a miniseries in 1984, in four separate installments. The extended running time gives the director to further develop and flesh out his characters, substories and themes, and will thus strike many fans of the original film as a remarkable discovery.
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Special Features

Disc Two: Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Peter Cowie; Theatrical trailer; ; Disc Three: The Supplements - The Making of "Fanny and Alexander"; Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film, a conversation between Bergman and film critic Nils Petter Sundgren, recorded for Swedish television in 1984; ; A Bergman Tapestry, a documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; Stills gallery; Costume sketches and footage of the models for the film's sets; ; Plus: A booklet featuring essays by documentarian and film historian Stig Björkman, Novelist Rick Moody, and film scholar Paul Arthur
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • UPC: 715515088718
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 10:18:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 19,081

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pernilla Allwin Fanny Ekdahl
Bertil Guve Alexander Ekdahl
Gunn Wållgren Helena Ekdahl
Börje Ahlstedt Helena's son Prof. Carl Ekdahl
Allan Edwall Oscar Ekdahl
Ewa Fröling Emilie Ekdahl
Christina Schollin Lydia Ekdahl
Jarl Kulle Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Mona Malm Alma
Gunnar Björnstrand Filip Landahl
Jan Malmsjö Bishop Edvard Vergerus
Marianne Aminoff Bishop's mother Blenda
Erland Josephson Isak Jacobi
Stina Ekblad Ismael
Mats Bergman Aron
Ake Lagergren Johan Armfeldt
Eva von Hanno Berta
Angelica Wallgren Eva
Tore Karte Administrative Director
Lena Olin Rosa
Lickå Sjöman Grete Holm
Kerstin Tidelius Henrietta Vergerus
Per Mattsson Mr. Mikael Bergman
Sune Mangs Mr. Salenius
Inga Ålenius Lisen
Anna Bergman Miss Hanna Schwartz
Nils Brandt Mr. Morsing
Siv Ericks Alida
Kristian Almgren Putte
Pernilla August Maj
Harriet Andersson Justina
Kerstin Karte Prompter
Heinz Hopf Tomas Graal
Svea Holst Miss Ester
Maud Hyttenberg Mrs. Sinclair
Majlis Granlund Miss Vega
Maria Granlund Petra
Sonya Hedenbratt Aunt Emma
Kristina Adolphson Siri
Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director, Screenwriter
Anna Asp Production Designer
Daniel Bell Score Composer
Jörn Donner Executive Producer
Katinka Farago Production Manager
Frans Helmerson Score Composer
Sylvia Ingemarsson Editor
Marianne Jacobs Score Composer
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Jacob Tigerskiold Set Decoration/Design
Marik Vos-Lundh Costumes/Costume Designer
Brita Werkmäster Production Manager
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