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 (Pernilla Alwin and Bertil Guve), as they come of age, lose their father… More

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"A sprawling, ornately constructed entertainment."
‑ Lance Goldenberg, Village Voice
"Our young protagonist will be obsessed with death and see ghosts everywhere. Never has the prison of childhood seemed so inescapable."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"One of the filmmaker's most personal and finely detailed works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Bergman at his most compelling, detailed and witty. An astonishing and deeply rewarding achievement."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"An extraordinary drama about childhood and imagination as a passport out of dread and into mystery."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This premiere of the original cut, running at 312 minutes, leaves room for more than a story of one life."
‑ Logan Hill, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"During its three hours, seasons come and go, friends and relatives gather for funerals, weddings and christenings, and all human life is here."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An accomplished masterpiece, with excellent performances and rarely bettered direction."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"One of the Great Films by one of the Great Filmmakers."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Sumptuous, haunting, and unusually tender... a nakedly psychological 'in' to [Bergman's] earliest artistic impulses; nothing else in his oeuvre addresses so directly his childhood escapes into fantasy as the by-product of a harsh Lutheran upbringing."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"A sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods, fear and fancy, employing all the manners and means of the best of cinematic theatrical from high and low comedy to darkest tragedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Dickensian in its extravagant emotional power - with a hint of Charlotte Brontë - and some Chekhov in its melancholy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Immensely pleasurable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Arguably Bergman's most accessible and upbeat work, this childhood fable is magical, personal, and poignant in the way that other masterpieces of the genre are."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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