Fanny & Alexander

Fanny & Alexander

Pernilla Allwin
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Pernilla Allwin
Pernilla Allwin
, Bertil Guve
Bertil Guve
, Gunn Wållgren
Gunn Wållgren
Ingmar Bergman

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Though he made allusions to his own life in all of his films, Fanny and Alexander was the first overtly autobiographical film by Ingmar Bergman. Taking his time throughout (188 minutes to be exact), Bergman recreates several episodes from his youth, using as conduits the fictional Ekdahl family. Alexander, the director's alter ego, is first seen at age 10 at a joyous and informal Christmas gathering of relatives and servants. Fanny is Alexander's sister; both suffer an emotional shakedown when their recently-widowed mother (Ewa Froling) marries a cold and distant minister. Stripped of their creature comforts and relaxed family atmosphere, Fanny and Alexander suddenly find their childhood unendurable. The kids' grandmother (Gunn Wallgren) "kidnaps" Fanny and Alexander for the purpose of showering them with the first kindness and affection that they've had since their father's death. This "purge" of the darker elements of Fanny and Alexander's existence is accomplished at the unintentional (but applaudable) cost of the hated stepfather's life. Ingmar Bergman insisted that Fanny and Alexander, originally a multipart television series pared down to feature-film length, represented his "retirement" work, though within a year after its release he was busy with several additional Swedish TV projects. Oscars went to Fanny and Alexander for best foreign film, cinematography (Sven Nykvist), costumes and art direction/set decoration.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
UPC: 0037429201022
Original Release: 1982
Source: Criterion Collection
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 3:08:00
Sales rank: 23,910

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; Original theatrical trailer; Optional English-dubbed soundtrack; New and improved English subtitle translation; Bergman video introductions, made for Swedish television; A selection of theatrical trailers; A new essay by novelist Rick Moody

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
Nils Brandt Mr. Morsing
Svea Holst Miss Ester
Heinz Hopf Tomas Graal
Maud Hyttenberg Mrs. Sinclair
Kerstin Karte Prompter
Tore Karte Administrative Director
Ake Lagergren Johan Armfeldt
Sune Mangs Mr. Salenius
Per Mattsson Mr. Mikael Bergman
Lickå Sjöman Grete Holm
Kristina Adolphson Siri
Inga Ålenius Lisen
Kristian Almgren Putte
Harriet Andersson Justina
Pernilla August Maj
Anna Bergman Miss Hanna Schwartz
Siv Ericks Alida
Majlis Granlund Miss Vega
Maria Granlund Petra
Sonya Hedenbratt Aunt Emma
Lena Olin Rosa
Kerstin Tidelius Henrietta Vergerus
Eva von Hanno Berta
Angelica Wallgren Eva

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Theatrical Version
1. Prologue [5:03]
2. The Christmas Play [6:13]
3. Celebration and Preparations [2:39]
4. The Big World and the Little World [3:40]
5. The Family Arrives [4:30]
6. Christmas Dinner/Fireworks [4:54]
7. Bedtime [4:53]
8. Magic Lantern [3:42]
9. Helena and Isak [7:14]
10. Maj and Gustav Adolf [4:49]
11. Lydia and Carl [4:33]
12. Christmas Morning [5:21]
13. Oscar Takes Ill [9:38]
14. Deathbed [5:25]
15. Grief [2:42]
16. Funeral/The Ghost [4:21]
17. Lies and an Announcement [8:50]
18. A New Home [4:47]
19. Marriage and Concerns [2:49]
20. Acting Hamlet [7:38]
21. Ghostly Visit [5:03]
22. Poor Children [5:59]
23. Maj's Troubles [2:41]
24. Justina's Story [2:03]
25. Punishment [10:34]
26. Emilie's Confession [3:34]
27. Discussing Maj [5:21]
28. Rescue [8:27]
29. Safe Haven [2:24]
30. The Ghost Returns [3:38]
31. A Long Night [3:48]
32. Aron and Alexander [5:39]
33. Emilie's Revenge [1:55]
34. Ismael and Alexander [5:47]
35. Unfortunate Circumstances [2:41]
36. Christening [5:10]
37. New Beginnings [4:47]
38. A Dream Play [2:54]
39. Credits [2:44]
1. Return to Childhood [5:03]
2. Grand Finale [6:13]
3. Two Brothers [2:39]
4. Bergman's First Love/Dark and Light [3:40]
5. Isak/Family Dynamics [4:30]
6. Togetherness/Börje Ahlstedt [4:54]
7. Restoring the Balance [4:53]
8. Magic Lantern/Sven Nykvist [3:42]
9. Gobelin Tapestry/Costumes and Sets [7:14]
10. Editing/Bergman and Sex [4:49]
11. Stringbergian Dialogue [4:33]
12. Almas and Petras/Literary Quality [5:21]
13. Gunnar Björnstrand/Hamlet [9:38]
14. Bergman and Death [5:25]
15. Grief [2:42]
16. The Bishop/Sources [4:21]
17. Jan Malmsjö/Max Von Sydow [8:50]
18. Dreyer/Lutheranism [4:47]
19. Betrayal [2:49]
20. Exorcism/Trapped People [7:38]
21. Bergman's Parents/Alan Edwall [5:03]
22. Harriet Andersson/Justina [5:59]
23. Maj/The Two Versions [2:41]
24. The Suspense Tightens [2:03]
25. The Trial/Caning [10:34]
26. Long Version [3:34]
27. Delicate Balance/Mistress [5:21]
28. E.T.A. Hoffman [8:27]
29. A Family Affair [2:24]
30. Cuts [3:38]
31. Bergman and Masks [3:48]
32. Magic [5:39]
33. Melodrama [1:55]
34. Ismael/The Outsider [5:47]
35. Dickens/"Ius" [2:41]
36. Summing Up [5:10]
37. Independent Women [4:47]
38. Strindberg [2:54]
39. Credits [2:44]

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