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Fanny och Alexander

Alternative title
Fanny and Alexander
Synopsis
Feature film. Set in a Swedish provincial town in 1907 depicting the lives of the theatrical Ekdahl family through their siblings Fanny and Alexander. After a Christmas celebration, their beloved father, Oskar, dies. Their mother, Emilie, soon afterwards marries Bishop Vergerus and the children are placed under his unforgiving and puritanical rule. Writers have cited several plot parallels with Hamlet. When the father has his heart attack he is rehearsing the part of the Ghost in Hamlet in an amateur production in the family theatre. Emilies’s hasty remarriage is akin to Gertrude’s marriage to Claudius and her son Alexander, like Hamlet, is estranged from the couple. Oskar’s ghost also returns several times to express his concern for the children.
Language
Swedish
Country
Germany; France; Sweden
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1982
Duration
189 mins; 17,009 feet

Credits

Director
Ingmar Bergman
Producer
Jorn Donner
Cinematographer
Sven Nykvist
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Costume
Marik Vos
Art Direction
Anna Asp
Cast
Bertil GuveAlexander Ekdahl (Hamlet)
Jan MalmsjoBishop Edvard Vergerus (Claudius)
Ewa FrolingEmilie Ekdahl (Gertrude)
Allan EdwallOskar Ekdahl (Ghost)
Pernilla AllwinFanny Ekdahl

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet; Twelfth Night
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Amateur theatre

Notes

Notes
The uncut television version of the film is available on dvd released by Artificial Eye (in Region 2) and The Criterion Collection (in Region 1). The Criterion Collection edition is anamorphically enhanced and is released as three separate sets: the theatrical version, the television version , and a behind-the scenes film. The Criterion Collection includes commentary by Bergman’s biographer Peter Cowie which alludes to Shakespeare.
History
Made as a television mini-series (circa 300mins) and a theatrical version. Originally shown on Swedish television in 5 parts and a epilogue.
Awards
The film was released in the United States in 1983 and won four Academy Awards: Best Foreign Film (producer Jörn Donner); Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist);
Best Art Direction (Anna Asp, Susanne Lingheim);
Costume Design (Marik Vos-Lundh).
Reviews
Milne, Tom. Monthly Film Bulletin (vol. 50, no. 591, April 1983 p83-4).

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