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Fanny and Alexander

Original movie poster
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Jörn Donner
Written by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Pernilla Allwin
Bertil Guve
Börje Ahlstedt
Distributed by Sandrew
Release date(s) Flag of Sweden December 17, 1982
Flag of United States 17 June 1983
Running time 188 min.
312 min. (TV version)
Language Swedish
German
Yiddish
English
IMDb profile

Fanny and Alexander (Swedish: Fanny och Alexander) is a 1982, Academy Award-winning Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was originally conceived as a four part TV movie which spanned 312 minutes. A version lasting only 188 minutes was created later for cinematic release. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...   (IPA: in Swedish, but usually IPA: in English) (July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007) was a Swedish stage and film director. ... Jörn Donner (born 1933), is a Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer and politician associated with several different political parties, and has at different times been a member both of the Finnish parliament and the European Parliament. ...   (IPA: in Swedish, but usually IPA: in English) (July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007) was a Swedish stage and film director. ... Nils Börje Ahlstedt (born February 21, 1939) is a Swedish actor who has worked a lot with the world famous director Ingmar Bergman in films like Fanny and Alexander (1982), The Best Intentions (1982) and Saraband (2003). ... Sandrew Metronome is a Swedish-Danish film distributor. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Yiddish (Yid. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...   (IPA: in Swedish, but usually IPA: in English) (July 14, 1918 – July 30, 2007) was a Swedish stage and film director. ...


Along with The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander is considered by many to be one of Bergman's best films. He intended the film to be his last feature, although he wrote several screenplays afterward and directed a number of TV specials. The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet) is an existential 1957 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman about the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) across a plague-ridden landscape. ... Wild Strawberries a 1957 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. ...

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Plot

The story is set in the early twentieth century in Sweden and deals with a young boy named Alexander, his sister Fanny, and their well-to-do family. Fanny and Alexander's mother and father are both involved in theater and are happily married until the father's sudden death. Shortly thereafter, the mother, Emilie, finds a new suitor in the local bishop, a handsome widower, and accepts his proposal of marriage, moving into his ascetic home and putting the children under his stern and unforgiving rule. He is particularly hard on Alexander, trying to break his will by every means. The children and their mother live as virtual prisoners in the bishop's house until finally the Ekdahl family intervenes. With help from an old friend, a Jewish antiques dealer, as well as some magic, the children are smuggled out of the house, but the Ekdahls' attempts to bribe or threaten the bishop into divorce fail. Emilie, by now pregnant, slips her husband a sedative and flees as he sleeps, after which a fire breaks out and the bishop is burnt to death. In the meantime, Alexander has met the Jewish merchant's mysterious son and fantasized about his stepfather's death – it is as if Alexander's fantasy comes true as he dreams it. The story ends on a mainly happy, life-affirming note, with the christening of Emilie's and the late bishop's daughter and the illegitimate daughter of one of the Ekdahl men, but Alexander encounters the bishop's ghost, signalling that he will never be completely free of him. For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      This article is about a title...


In addition to its themes of Christianity, repentance, and submission to authority, the film deals with love, estrangement, ghosts, and the paranormal, as well as the more common Bergman theme of existentialism. When the children's father suffers his fatal heart attack, he is playing the ghost of the dead King in Hamlet; the figure of the Bishop, and what happens to him, are reminiscent of Claudius' usurpation and the young Prince's final revenge. Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ... An artists interpretation of a ghostly woman on a flight of stairs, based on common descriptions A ghost is usually defined as the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person, and encountered in places he or she frequented, or in association with the person... // Paranormal is an umbrella term used to describe a wide variety of reported anomalous phenomena. ... Existentialism is a philosophical movement which claims that individual human beings create the meanings of their own lives. ... King Hamlet is a character from William Shakespeares play Hamlet, also known as The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. ... Hamlet and Horatio in the cemetery by Eugène Delacroix For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... Claudius is a fictional character from William Shakespeares play Hamlet. ...


Cast (main)

  • Ewa Fröling - Emelie Ekdahl
  • Bertil Guve - Alexander Ekdahl
  • Pernilla Allwin - Fanny Ekdahl
  • Jan Malmsjö - Bishop Edvard Vergerus
  • Gunn Wållgren - The grandmother; Helena Ekdahl
  • Allan Edwall - Oscar Ekdahl
  • Jarl Kulle - Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
  • Mona Malm - Alma Ekdahl
  • Erland Josephson - Isak Jacobi
  • Börje Ahlstedt - Carl Ekdahl
  • Christina Schollin - Lydia Ekdahl
  • Pernilla August - Maj
  • Kerstin Tidelius - Henrietta Vergerus
  • Harriet Andersson - Justina
  • Marianne Aminoff - Blenda Vergérus
  • Stina Ekblad - Ismael Retzinsky
  • Mats Bergman - Aron Retzinsky
International movie poster

Ewa Fröling, Eva Marie Fröling , (born August 9, 1952) is a Swedish actress. ... Jan Malmsjö, born May 29, 1932 in Lund, Sweden, is a Swedish actor and singer. ... Gunn Wållgren, 1940s Gunn Wållgren, Gunnel Margaret Haraldsdotter Wållgren, (November 16, 1913 – June 4, 1983) was a Swedish actress. ... Allan Edwall (25 August 1924, Rödön, Sweden--7 February 1997, Stockholm, Sweden) was a Swedish actor, director, author, composer and singer, best-known for the small roles he played in some of Ingmar Bergmans films such as Fanny and Alexander (1982). ... Erland Josephson (born June 15, 1923 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish actor. ... Nils Börje Ahlstedt (born February 21, 1939) is a Swedish actor who has worked a lot with the world famous director Ingmar Bergman in films like Fanny and Alexander (1982), The Best Intentions (1982) and Saraband (2003). ... Pernilla August as Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. ... Kerstin Tidelius, Kerstin Martha Tidelius, (born October 14, 1934) is a Swedish actress. ... Harriet Andersson in Summer with Monika (1952). ... Stine Ekblad (born 26 February 1954) is a Finland-Swedish actress. ... Mats Bergman, (born May 5, 1948 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish actor. ... Image File history File links Fanny_and_Alexander_Poster. ... Image File history File links Fanny_and_Alexander_Poster. ...

Awards

The film was released in the United States in 1983 and won four Academy Awards: Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

Bergman was nominated for both Directing and Writing Original Screenplay but did not win them. The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... Jörn Donner (born 1933), is a Finnish writer, film director, actor, producer and politician associated with several different political parties, and has at different times been a member both of the Finnish parliament and the European Parliament. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... Sven Nykvist (born 3 December 1922 in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden) is a Swedish cinematographer known especially for his work with director Ingmar Bergman. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


The film also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film. The Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film is one of the awards presented at the Golden Globes, an American film awards ceremony. ...


DVD releases

Cover of the Criterion Collection 5-Disc DVD release of Fanny and Alexander
Cover of the Criterion Collection 5-Disc DVD release of Fanny and Alexander

The uncut TV version of the film is available in DVD editions released by Artificial Eye (in Region 2) and The Criterion Collection (in Region 1). The Criterion Collection edition is anamorphically enhanced and is released as three separate sets: the theatrical version, the television version , and a behind-the scenes film, The Making of Fanny and Alexander; these discs are also available as a 5-disc box set. The Criterion release marked the first time the television version of Fanny and Alexander had been available in North America. Image File history File links 617044877897062. ... Image File history File links 617044877897062. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The Criterion Collection logo The Criterion Collection is a privately held company that distributes authoritative consumer versions of important classic and contemporary films on DVD. It was established in 1984 as a joint venture between Janus Films and the Voyager Company. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... Anamorphic widescreen is a cinematography and photography technique for capturing a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film, or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...


External links

  • Fanny and Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
  • Criterion Collection essay by Stig Bjorkman on the television version
  • Criterion Collection essay by Rick Moody on the theatrical version
  • DVD review of film at Alternative Film Guide
Preceded by
Begin the Beguine
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1983
Succeeded by
Dangerous Moves
Preceded by
Gandhi
Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film
1984
Succeeded by
A Passage to India

  Results from FactBites:
 
Fanny and Alexander (221 words)
Fanny och Alexander is a 1983 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman.
The story is set in the early twentieth century in Sweden and deals with a young girl named Fanny, her brother Alexander, and their well-to-do family.
Fanny and Alexander's mother and father are both involved in theater and are happily married until the father's sudden death.
Review - DVD: Fanny & Alexander (1018 words)
Fanny and Alexander are two children in the Ekdahl family, a turn of the century Swedish bourgeoisie clinging to a theater company as they struggle to maintain their internal structure.
All the while Fanny and Alexander are caught in the middle, enduring abuse, spawning the spiritual cycle of their own release and ultimately witness to the rebirth of their family.
While Fanny and Alexander relies heavily on conversation, there are enough well placed, events of visual stimuli for the film to assume a feel and look like the encompassing fantasy it becomes.
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