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74 Fanny and Alexander 1982 
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Oh come on, people! Fanny and Alexander is the best movie ever made about family! It's Bergman's warmest film! It's 189-minutes in its theatrical cut but over 5 solid, entertaining hours in the preferred television version!

This is a great opportunity for me to see the theatrical cut as I've only been through the miniseries version. Criterion's box-set of this picture is outstanding and I've been waiting for a reason to finally watch the shortened version of a film I very much love. Others (particularly those who just watched Persona and felt a little beaten for the experience) should do the same, so hopes I.


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Fanny and Alexander

Before making this film, Bergman said it would be his last. In it, he simultaneously laments and celebrates his decades long film career. Kubrick once said, "I believe Ingmar Bergman, Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini are the only three filmmakers in the world who are not just artistic opportunists. By this I mean they don't just sit and wait for a good story to come along and then make it. They have a point of view which is expressed over and over and over again in their films, and they themselves write or have original material written for them." I think this is the key to understanding Bergman's films. In Fanny and Alexander, Bergman has shaped a story about family and morality around his point of view.

There are a few points in the film where the action seems to stop while a character soliloquizes - Oscar's theater speech, Helena's daydreaming, Gustav's dinner speech - and we know that it is Bergman talking to us directly. It's very personal and effective. There are other points where themes from his previous films pop up. I haven't seen all of Bergman's work, but the few that I picked up on here were Persona, The Seventh Seal, and Wild Strawberries.

If there is one thing that deserves mentioning, though, it is the writing. Rarely do you find scenes and dialogue as organic and human. All of the characters, even the minor ones, are deep and interesting.

This is definitely more accessible than the other Bergman films that I have seen, but at 3 hours for the theatrical version, it is an investment. I found it rewarding, and I definitely recommend that others check it out.

3.5/4


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