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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 final theatrical film, though within a year after its release he was busy with several additional Swedish TV projects, and his final work, the 2003 Saraband (also produced for Swedish television), eventually received global theatrical distribution. Oscars went to Fanny and Alexander for Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist), Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 17, 1983

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marik Vos-Lundh Best Costume Design 1983 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Ingmar Bergman Best Foreign Film 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingmar Bergman Best Foreign Language Film 1983 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Ingmar Bergman Best Director 1983 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ingmar Bergman Best Director 1983 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Ingmar Bergman Best Director 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingmar Bergman Best Original Screenplay 1983 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingmar Bergman Best Director 1983 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sven Nykvist Best Cinematography 1983 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Sven Nykvist Best Cinematography 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sven Nykvist Best Cinematography 1983 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Asp Best Art Direction 1983 Winner

Cast

Pernilla Allwin
as Fanny Ekdahl
Bertil Guve
as Alexander Ekdahl
Börje Ahlstedt
as Helena's son Prof. Carl Ekdahl
Allan Edwall
as Oscar Ekdahl
Ewa Fröling
as Emilie Ekdahl
Christina Schollin
as Lydia Ekdahl
Jarl Kulle
as Gustav Adolf Ekdahl
Mona Malm
as Alma
Gunnar Björnstrand
as Filip Landahl
Marianne Aminoff
as Bishop's mother Blenda
Erland Josephson
as Isak Jacobi
Stina Ekblad
as Ismael
Mats Bergman
as Aron
Nils Brandt
as Mr. Morsing
Svea Holst
as Miss Ester
Heinz Hopf
as Tomas Graal
Maud Hyttenberg
as Mrs. Sinclair
Kerstin Karte
as Prompter
Tore Karte
as Administrative Director
Ake Lagergren
as Johan Armfeldt
Sune Mangs
as Mr. Salenius
Per Mattsson
as Mr. Mikael Bergman
Kristina Adolphson
as Siri
Kristian Almgren
as Putte
Harriet Andersson
as Justina
Pernilla August
as Maj
Siv Ericks
as Alida
Majlis Granlund
as Miss Vega
Maria Granlund
as Petra
Sonya Hedenbratt
as Aunt Emma
Lena Olin
as Rosa
Kerstin Tidelius
as Henrietta Vergerus
Eva von Hanno
as Berta
Heinz Hopf
as Tomas Graal
Nils Brandt
as Mr. Morsing
Lena Olin
as Rosa
Maria Granlund
as Petra
Per Mattsson
as Mr. Mikael Bergman
Ake Lagergren
as Johan Armfeldt
Harriet Andersson
as Justina
Maud Hyttenberg
as Mrs. Sinclair
Pernilla August
as Maj
Kristian Almgren
as Putte
Kerstin Karte
as Prompter
Sune Mangs
as Mr. Salenius
Kerstin Tidelius
as Henrietta Vergerus
Sonya Hedenbratt
as Aunt Emma
Kristina Adolphson
as Siri
Majlis Granlund
as Miss Vega
Siv Ericks
as Alida
Svea Holst
as Miss Ester
Tore Karte
as Administrative Director

Crew

Ingmar Bergman
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Screenwriter
Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer
Daniel Bell
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Schumann
Featured Music
Benjamin Britten
Featured Music
Marianne Jacobs
Composer (Music Score)
Frans Helmerson
Composer (Music Score)
Sylvia Ingemarsson
Editor
Anna Asp
Production Designer
Jörn Donner
Executive Producer
Marik Vos-Lundh
Costume Designer
Katinka Farago
Production Manager
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