My Old Addiction

Fanny And Alexander (Fanny Och Alexander)

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(out of 5)


This lovely film was the last grand masterpiece to come from Ingmar Bergman and is still one of his most beloved films. Running at an epic three hours (cut down from the six hour version aired on Swedish television, which is now available on DVD), it follows the magical experiences of two children, the brother and sister of the title, whose theatrically employed father dies at an early age and darkens their lives forever. Their mother remarries to a bishop who puts them through a hellish ordeal of strict religious living that turns abusive very quickly. The adventures these children survive are illuminated by Bergman’s uncanny sense of the children’s point of view, and discovering the world they live in is a treat for anyone of any age who watches it. Phenomenally successful, it was also the first foreign language film to win as many as four Oscars (a record that was tied by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but has yet to be broken).


Cinematograph AB, Svenska Filminstitutet, Gaumont, Personafilm, SVT Drama, Tobis

Sweden/France/West Germany, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (Anna Asp)
Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist)
Best Costume Design (Marik Vos)
Best Foreign Language Film (Sweden)

Nominations
Best Directing (Ingmar Bergman)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Ingmar Bergman)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Film (Sweden)

Nomination
Best Director (Ingmar Bergman)


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