Fanny & Alexander

Fanny & Alexander

DVD - 2004 | Swedish
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Told through the eyes of Alexander and his sister Fanny, we see the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century. Their parents, Oscar and Emilie, are the director and the leading lady of the local theatre company. Oscar's mother and brother are its chief patrons. After Oscar's early death, his widow marries the bishop and moves with her children to his austere and forbidding chancery. The children are immediately miserable, but befriend a local Jewish merchant whose odd household becomes the children's refuge.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, c2004
Edition: Theatrical ed
ISBN: 9780780029439
0780029437
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 188 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Oh no! The copy I have has a giant crack in the disk!

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David2074
Jul 31, 2015

Loonnnng, sloooowww movie.
And this is the roughly 3 hour (3:09) theatrical version. If this is the shortened version that is pared down to the best stuff then the six hour version must be very tedious to sit though. I didn't hate it, but the story it told could have been told in much less time. It did get a bit more interesting in the latter half but it took them over an hour and a half to get to the kids moving to the bishop's house.
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On the plus side, I thought the costumes and sets were great. Also the English dubbing is pretty good. The mouth flaps are close enough it doesn't look too weird and perhaps more importantly, the voice actors are believable. It is easy to watch most of the movie forgetting that you are not watching it in its native language.
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I gave it three stars for the production value and some interesting scenes in spite of it being slow in other places.

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Ecsandar
Feb 22, 2014

Many unforgettable scenes and characters, stunning cinematography. Wonderful child actors. Not a film for young children, however.

derekthered Apr 12, 2012

One of Bergman's best, which is saying something. The lush photography, the deeply heartfelt performances, the odd, mystical story and the great soundtrack, come together to form an awesome epic worth watching again and again.

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geomillar
Oct 14, 2010

"Fanny and Alexander" has many autobiographical vignettes from the great Maestro, Ingmar Bergman. I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliantly told story and I recommend it to all those who are fed up with Hollywood trifles.

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