Fanny and Alexander

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The title characters are children in the exuberant and colorful Ekdahl household in a Swedish town early in the twentieth century…

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 8.2/10 (20,308 voted)

Critic's Score: 100/100

Ingmar Bergman

Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Börje Ahlstedt

The title characters are children in 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. The film dramatizes and resolves those conflicts. A sub-plot features Isak, a local Jewish merchant who is the grandmother's lover and whose odd household becomes the children's refuge.


Pernilla Allwin

Ekdahlska huset – Fanny Ekdahl

Bertil Guve

Ekdahlska huset – Alexander Ekdahl

Börje Ahlstedt

Ekdahlska huset – Carl Ekdahl

Allan Edwall

Ekdahlska huset – Oscar Ekdahl

Ewa Fröling

Ekdahlska huset – Emilie Ekdahl

Gunn Wållgren

Ekdahlska huset – Helena Ekdahl

(as Gun Wållgren)

Jarl Kulle

Ekdahlska huset – Gustav Adolf Ekdahl

Jan Malmsjö

Biskopsgården – Bishop Edvard Vergerus

Christina Schollin

Ekdahlska huset – Lydia Ekdahl

Kerstin Tidelius

Biskopsgården – Henrietta Vergerus

Emelie Werkö

Ekdahlska huset – Jenny Ekdahl

Marianne Aminoff

Biskopsgården – Blenda Vergérus

Sonya Hedenbratt

Ekdahlska huset – Aunt Emma

Svea Holst

Ekdahlska huset – Miss Ester

Kristina Adolphson

Ekdahlska huset – Siri

En film av Ingmar Bergman

Release Date: 17 December 1982

Filming Locations: Europa Studios, Bromma, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Opening Weekend: $36,365
(19 June 1983)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $4,971,340
(2 January 1984)

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Did You Know?


Shot in chronological order.


In one scene, Gun Wållgren refers to the historically famous Belgian town of Waterloo, and uses an English pronunciation, which is an obvious modern trait – probably as a result of the popularity of the eponymous song from the pop group Abba.


Biskopsgården – Bishop Edvard Vergerus:
You don't get rid of me that easy!

User Review

A Real masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

Most of the ideas revealed through mystery by Bergman in Fanny och
already been addressed by others. The first time I saw this film was in
1984, on tv and
with a much shorter version than the one released in England in 2002,
is the full
300-plus minute original.

That day I was scared -really scared- watching the scene where Alexander
helped to let out his most evil thoughts by Ishmael, a completely
with supernatural insight. And then, a blackout. You can imagine: if I was
truly scared
this left me breathless.

Then, almost twenty years passed until I found this remarkable jewel, in
full version,
perfectly digitised and audio-enhanced in dvd. I bought a dlp projector
used a
previewing room to show it to my students. I didn't know what was going to
happen. But
that doubt was worth the waiting.

I think it's very difficult to say any other thing than breathtaking to
underline what this
film accomplishes. It's the reflected work of years of understanding and
hard work
between Bergman and Nyvqvist. One of the most powerful, beautiful, fearful
and perfect
films of all times. An exaggeration, like. Yes, but I think that there are
no words to
explain how plainly perfect this work is. The way it was written. The way
was directed.
The way it was lighted. The way it was designed. The way each and every
character plays
his or her role. The details -not a Bergman's new- to which they paid the
dedicated attention to. The luxurious use of available light. The setting
the story. The
amazing locations. Everything in this film was perfectly studied, down to
the colour
shifts that would take place in every shot!, forget about whole

The troubling minds of all those characters whose lives are at crossroads.
The powerful
and eventful lives of just one familiy. The small and big affairs that
affect them.
Gratitude and hate. Honour and shame. Guilt and love. Fear and joy.
Selfishness and
generosity. Every long scene exudes with tension, pure fun or pleasure;
uneasiness and abrupt changes of demeanor. With a richness that could only
be found
where a very skillful eye -trained to see what most disregard as common-
finds beauty
and harmony. And a sound that is as exhilarating as the narrative

When the maxim of making "every frame a Rembrandt" comes to my mind, this
makes me think Bergman pushed the envelope a little further: he gives (or
I'd rather say,
Nyvqyst) the tratment of Van Der Meer or Bosch or Cezanne or Michelangelo
scenes. (Think the kids playing at the nursery, the housemaidens sewing
socks, the
meadow and the boat, the transfixing scene of Alexander in the attic with
his mother).

And a story told from the eyes of two kids worth a ton of gold.
(Bertil Guve,
when he was twelve-thirteen) enormously powerful and convincing role can
certainly be
compared to any big-theatre-role actor.

Superb. Don't think you've seen the whole thing until you get the 5 hour