(out of 5)
Ingmar Bergman marked the end of his feature film career (which was still followed by television films and scripts for other directors) by filming the on-set experience of making Fanny And Alexander, the masterpiece that garnered him his third Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s a very enjoyable documentary, one that goes by quickly and avoids overly careful detail in the preparation and filming of the epic and concentrates solely on the pure joy of movie making. Not someone particularly accustomed with working with the youngsters, it’s wonderful to see what a natural rapport that the master filmmaker has with his young cast, plus there is great scene work with the adults as well. Some of it is hilarious, such as his handling of the large family scenes, and some of it is heartbreaking; watch the great Gunnar Björnstrand struggling through his illness to deliver his one scene with gusto.
Svenska Filminstitutet, Cinematograph AB
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography by Arne Carlsson
Film Editing by Sylvia Ingemarsson