This December, The Frida Cinema presents four film classics by acclaimed director, writer, and producer Ingmar Bergman: Wild Strawberries (December 2, 3 & 4), Persona (December 5 & 6), The Seventh Seal (December 10 & 11), and Fanny and Alexander: The Complete Version (December 12, 13 & 16).
With the generous participation of Janus Films, we are so honored to be able to close this series with Bergman’s complete, uncut, 312-minute (yes, that’s just over five hours) Oscar-winning 1982 masterpiece, Fanny and Alexander. Released in its entirety for Swedish television before having over two hours cut for its US release, Fanny and Alexander – described by Bergman as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker” – is experienced through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, as we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden.
In his warmest and most autobiographical film, Bergman combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. Winner of the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography for Sven Nykvist’s gorgeous compositions, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for the sumptuous sets by Anna Asp and Susanne Lingheim, and Best Costume Design for designer Marik Vos-Lundh, Fanny and Alexander is very rarely presented on the big screen, and less so in its uncut version – do not miss this opportunity!
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 1982. 312 minutes. Not Rated. Presented in Swedish with English subtitles.
“★★★★. Bergman glides beyond the mere telling of his story into a kind of hypnotic series of events that have the clarity and fascination of dreams. Rarely have I felt so strongly during a movie that my mind had been shifted into a different kind of reality.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“★★★★. It’s a marvellously engrossing and thought-provoking film, filled with dazzling dramatic set-pieces and witty, knowing allusions to its creator’s artistic conceits and deceits.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“★★★★. A fitting introduction to the very personal cinema of this master craftsman, not only because it exhibits Bergman’s signature themes and stylistic devices, but also because it is one of his most life-affirming films.” – Damon Smith, Boston Globe