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Fanny and Alexander

1982
Drama
Fantasy
3h 8m
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Avg Percentile 78.88% from 2176 total ratings

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Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
77th
This 5-hour version that Bergman put together for Swedish television adds significant depth to most of the major characters and, for me at least, gives the film much more emotional heft. The joy that radiates during scenes among the Ekdahls is uncharacteristic for Bergman, but far from unwelcome. What the movie lacks in density it makes up for with outstanding performances, achingly beautiful photography, and the most impressive production design this side of Lord of the Rings.
Rated 10 Aug 2007
6
98th
Above all, an old-fashioned ghost story. The solemnity (though suffused with warmth and humor) and ambiguity of its telling lend it an aura of deep mystery, though occasionally its emotions spring forth to the surface in an overwhelming burst of rapture and awe for the beautiful possibilities life and love contain within them. It reminds me most of a Kieslowski film, though with Bergman's own complicated relationship with God underlining its more tragic plot elements. Absolutely divine.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
99th
Brilliant and engrossing. Bergman handles very deep and dark material more deftly and sympathetically than in any other film of his that I've seen, and furthermore it blends humor, pathos, and touch of magic to what could have been an unbearably depressing tale. Simply fantastic.
Rated 16 Jul 2007
97
97th
Possibly Bergman's overall best, and at the very least the one with the richest sense of style and culture. This is a beautiful movie in every way. It's beautiful in its theological themes and its superb direction and characters. There are few movies as moving or as touching as Fanny and Alexander, and it's really shocking that more scholars don't consider this Bergman's best or at least in the discussion.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
95
98th
The only wrong thing about this piece of cinematic heaven is that it's not long enough. It should last forever.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
100
99th
Funny and moving, grandiose and intimate, spiritual and human. As harsh as any of Bergman's previous work yet the most completely fucking lovely thing he's ever done. He takes every theme he's worked with in his career and re-tackles them with as much passion as he's ever had. Like Synecdoche crossed with Yi Yi crossed with something that has ghosts in it.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
99
99th
Bergman manages to draw the viewer in unlike any film I've seen before. The emotional connections I felt with the vivid characters and the absolutely stellar photography made me feel like I was there.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
11
99th
Frightening and extraordinary.
Rated 19 Jun 2009
11
99th
(5 hour version) Audaciously combining a range of thought provoking themes and impeccable production design, Bergman and its talented cast have created a lush, exhilarating and highly compelling masterpiece that should satisfy many of you filmlovers. What's captured here on camera is nothing short of refreshing and transcendent and reminds us how beautiful this medium can be. A film not to be missed, thank you Bergman.
Rated 21 May 2008
100
99th
This rating is for the 312 minute version. The running time is daunting, but it could go on forever and still be totally engrossing and food for a lifetime's thought. This is the cinema mastered.
Rated 24 Jan 2009
100
99th
I really don't have the words for this, saying it's fantastic in every way seems like an understatement. This really has to be watched and even at 300 minutes there doesn't seem to be an unnecessary scene to be found anywhere.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
100
97th
Amazing, five hours long and still you want more. This transcends cinema, and it's a shame all the other films I see will be inferior to this. I love it when amazing filmmakers make incredibly long films. There's so much material, and yet it's edited so that hours of brilliance go by quicker than mediocre minutes.
Rated 20 Dec 2010
100
99th
Absolutely perfect film, that breathes with profound life and humanity! Themes of life, death and everything in between and of course Bergman's wonderful sense of full, human characters. I felt like I was living, laughing and struggling with the Ekdahl family. I was a bit sad when it was over actually. Very powerful film, maybe my favourite ever.
Rated 27 Jan 2009
100
99th
This is a classic cause it is so classical.It deals with elementary topics like life,death,love and religion following a classical drama structure. At parts things become reduced too their very essential, the camerawork becomes plain photography and the very essence of a stage is brought to a screen.Malmsjö is so powerful, the more you love his acting the more you start to hate his character.Bergman's directing and his storytelling are simply marvellous.He's the northern magician. 27/01/09
Rated 27 Apr 2008
7
99th
Immersion and all of Bergman's previous endeavors refined to their utmost perfection.
Rated 28 Apr 2007
96
97th
A very saddening and heartbreaking film for the most part, but there are many other feelings and emotions Fanny & Alexander evokes. I even had trouble understanding how Bergman could so cleverly craft all the humour, sadness, and the basic Bergman themes of death, and childhood. It is such a massive achievement, that it never really gets boring. With Fanny & Alexander, you will find some unforgettable characters, as well as Nykvists remarkable cinematography. A Masterpiece
Rated 11 Dec 2008
90
97th
So well-crafted and performed, it remains mesmerizing for most of its lengthy running time. Bergman captures such a remarkable depth and breadth of human emotion and it never feels like melodrama.
Rated 26 Dec 2008
86
93rd
It might be five hours long, but like my ten year old brother said: "Forrest Gump felt longer". Jan Malmsjö's bishop might be the scariest character in cinematic history.
Rated 16 Sep 2012
100
99th
There's an eccentric but lovable collection of characters, all given life and humanity by the excellent acting. There's the wide range of themes, from family to childhood to creativity to death. There's the mysterious and tantalizing shifts between genres. There's the metaphors for art, theater and film. There's the obvious care and joy Bergman feels for the material, which is infectious and holds it all together. No wonder it's 5 hours, and the time just flies by. The best of an amazing career.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
94
98th
This is one of those films that has so much nuance in it that there's no way a single viewing can do it justice. I watched the long version and the hours just flew by. There's joy, fear and sadness and superb imagery in what is a true masterpiece.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
94
87th
A masterpiece that mothers a fusion of reality and fantasy, as both dimensions fluidly interweave with one another and bring forth divergent emotions to the viewer as only Bergman knows how to best craft through his sheer cinematic brilliance. The character depth and inconceivable acting steer us from bleakness to light, from relief to agony and from childhood to aging, through life, tragedy, and magic. It simmers slowly, then burns with accelerating speed onto a beautiful, painful finale.
Rated 29 Apr 2015
100
99th
Where can I even begin? This multiverse epic makes it hard to narrow in on any one theme. It has everything. Love, hate, tolerance, intolerance, life, death, good, evil, religion, atheism, masculinity, femininity, matriarchy, patriarchy, insightful speeches, drunken rants, familial values, adolescence, responsibility, and everything else that is life. The acting is so goddamn impressive it leaves you in awe. The film is so meticulously crafted the fact that it even exists is quite amazing.
Rated 04 Aug 2009
4
93rd
Bergman dealing with his usual themes, this time seen through the eyes of children. It's a mysterious, dream-like vision, backed up by some astounding photography that reminded me of Barry Lyndon because of the use of natural light. The characters are given great depth, and what makes this movie feel so profound is that it reminds us that we in fact all are children, unable to grasp little more than our narrow view of the world. A celebration of life and a denunciation of the idea of a god.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
Having finally (May 2010) seen the TV version, this is most certainly one of Bergman's masterpieces, and a wonderful disquisition on pain and joy, magic and ghosts, childhood and ageing, and on what in life must be cultivated and what makes life worth living. Ingmar Bergman is the most human of all directors, and probably the greatest. Definitely see the 312-minute version in preference to the theatrical release version.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
5
93rd
(TV Version) It's like Bergman's own personal soliloquy. In fact, this was my first foray into his work, and it seems to be a good starting point and summary of Bergman's career. The story is both sympathetic and tragic, ranging from joyous to devastating, and the cast of characters populating it are nothing short of memorable. An emotional powerhouse of a film (or series... whatever).
Rated 02 Sep 2008
95
87th
Saddening, and there's some many feelings and emotions Fanny and Alexander evokes on your spirit. Carefully crafted, and it's hard to believe Bergman could cleverly piece this film together like a jigsaw puzzle. Tackles a number of themes too. If there was ever a way to spend 5 hours of your time, this is definetly worth a view.
Rated 29 Jun 2013
100
99th
5h versie
Rated 02 Nov 2009
100
99th
After first watching the shorter version I can clearly see what was missing there. Now after seeing the long version I saw the whole dimension of this masterpiece. This is just fantastic. The acting, cinematography, set design and especially Bergman's directing fit just so perfectly that of all his brilliant works, this is his magnum opus.
Rated 08 Jun 2012
80
90th
I wasn't really sure what to make of this film for the first hour or so. There were lots of characters and wasn't sure who was who. However, when it got to the second act, it became really good. I found it to be very compelling and it easily involved me emotionally in the story. It's simply another brilliant piece of filmmaking from Ingmar Bergman.
Rated 25 Jul 2011
100
99th
One of the (if not THE) greatest films I've ever seen. Even at over five hours long, it never gets boring or self-indulgent, always remaining exciting, beautiful, and powerful. I didn't think Bergman had it in him to create such an accessible, yet complex piece of art. Amazing...
Rated 04 Apr 2011
90
94th
Never have the personal lives of characters been so engrossing. Never has the death of a character (Oscar) been so personally traumatic. This is a film on the grandest level. Bergman had an artisitic vision so large and all-consuming that it could not be contained by any single narrative, any single character or any single thematic element. Fanny and Alexander is a vision so grand that only a five-hour running length, or longer, could possibly do it justice.
Rated 27 Jul 2014
85
97th
This is like Bergman's equivalent of The Brothers Karamazov: a voluminous summation of the stylistic and thematic preoccupations of a supreme artist. If he retired after its completion as planned, it would have been the perfect swansong. As it stands, the TV version is a major work by one of film's greatest directors.
Rated 26 May 2010
96
99th
I'm stunned that so many actors can instantaneously give so many absolutely perfect performances in one film. A stunner, all the way through.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
89
93rd
Meeting again the spiritual touchings of Bergman which might inspire future obscure movies.. I watched the 188 minute version and am looking forward to finding the longer one..
Rated 25 Mar 2009
75
12th
Although I can appreciate alot of the things in this film, I ultimately can't say that I would recommend it, despite it's near universal acclaim.
Rated 19 Sep 2010
50
33rd
There's much to enjoy about this film, but it's over three hours long, and after the two-hour mark I began to grow weary of it. I know this is a totally blasphemous opinion, but the picture -- and individual scenes therein -- just go on... and on... and on... and on...
Rated 28 Sep 2008
100
98th
Bergman perfectly captures everyday occurences in everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Each scene is beautiful and thought out. Based on my ideology that there is no perfect film I am tempted to give this film a 99, however, this is as good as it gets!
Rated 31 Aug 2015
93
96th
Marks the end of my quest to watch the IMDb top 250 movies, a quest I had set myself on after seeing 12 Angry Men, but soon--though at a point at which it'd be too late to stop--found out how much movie 250 movies is. scrolling through this: http://i.imgur.com/pM3dUFu.jpg?1. http://i.imgur.com/aIbThzX.png
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
87th
This semi-autobiographical film is one of the best Bergman films, and a deserving of much attention.
Rated 07 Dec 2019
96
94th
About tragic struggles on the boundary of fantasies and dreams, irreducible cinematic character of life, how that's absolutely necessary for a life worth living while also always tends to overwhelm it, and how righteousness as a necessary antidote can become a form of life-exterminating power. So humanely warm, understanding and charming even when it comes to showing suffering, hatred and melancholy: a Bergmanian virtue. (rewatched on 28 December, 2020)
Rated 26 Apr 2008
100
99th
It doesn't get better than this.
Rated 18 Mar 2018
90
90th
This time Bergman shares the memories and fantasies that depict his childhood and much of what he imagines in the coming of age. Many themes and emotions that are deeply effective in how the series endures, especially after the first real tragedy. Cinematography, costume and design are all fascinating, right to the fine details which set and pace moods. The characters are wonderful and carry out a theatrical feel that is powerful to Bergman's eye for this film (series version).
Rated 16 Nov 2011
96
99th
(Rating for the TV version; film version more like 83). Bergman's last big statement is both a brilliant drama, a fierce defense of dreaming and storytelling to change the world, and a great summation of his character, bringing back both themes and actors from his entire career and making them all work together. After all the increasingly unfunny angst of his 70s films, he (kinda) ends on this: A warm, funny, horriffic, silly, intelligent, and magical symphonic finale.
Rated 13 Feb 2008
10
99th
I loved the theatrical cut when I saw it, but boy, what a waste of 3 hours that ended up being, since I should have just saw this first. Seeing the miniseries version makes the other cut feel like it's been stripped down to the bone.
Rated 17 Apr 2007
94
95th
# 62
Rated 26 Oct 2009
90
96th
he wrote it...
Rated 01 Jun 2010
100
99th
Watch the full mini-series.
Rated 16 Aug 2011
85
93rd
A flawed but imposing masterwork by a great filmmaker, a film that never becomes boring despite its length. Deeply moving, brilliantly acted, masterfully written and directed with finesse and delicacy, "Fanny och Alexander" is fascinating in its ambiguity and profundity of vision.
Rated 04 Mar 2011
100
99th
The perfect film.
Rated 17 Dec 2014
94
98th
https://cinemuckblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/fanny-och-alexander-1982/
Rated 06 Dec 2015
84
73rd
3 hour version.
Rated 09 Aug 2014
70
57th
övgüler filmden çok yönetmene, ve 3 saatlik versiyonu, bu övgüleri sinematografik açıdan haketse de çevresel etkiyle övgüler katlandıkça katlanıyor. persona ne kadar muazzam bir filmse fanny and alexander da o kadar vasat bir romancının elinden çıkmış gibi.
Rated 06 Sep 2010
85
81st
The scene where Alexander meets the mummy is absolutely horrifying; scariest scene I've seen in any film.
Rated 16 Jul 2014
95
93rd
An inarguable masterpiece, right? A sweeping and magical portrait of family and of coming-of-age. It's five hours long, but moves so quickly and touches on so many fascinating and emotional ideas that it never once becomes boring. There's suspense and comedy and pain - just a wonderful tapestry familial love captured in stunning ways.
Rated 22 Oct 2010
1
0th
Television version: Considering how much a 2 hour film tends to bore me, I hope I can convey that this review is quite a statement for me. Not only is Fanny and Alexander, at 312 minutes, a masterpiece of film, but, in my unfortunately limited experience, I would call it one of, if not the, greatest film of all time. I actually wish this film was even longer, or better yet, that it would never end. This is the only film that has ever made me feel this way. Score is not a grade.
Rated 04 Oct 2022
85
78th
audiovisual 85 acting 85 overall feeling 84 avg ~85
Rated 01 Mar 2008
97
95th
# 66
Rated 25 Sep 2007
86
64th
Spectacular. Frightening. Polemic between free will and God's will won tight by God for Bergman.
Rated 03 Dec 2007
90
96th
After several vewing of this epic I keep remembering just the first chapter. The size of the epic is not the problem, but the ending chapter lacks with too long talkings and shattered story telling.
Rated 17 Dec 2014
76
84th
Entertaining film about films (or performance art), a genre I frequently find a terrific bore. I also found the trite depiction of an oppressive religious character a terrific bore, too. For me, the ascetic, quiet bishop's house was a far more attractive environment than the noisy, party-hearty Ekdahl one. I would rather eat like the Ekdahl's though.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
58
29th
I'm being generous here. Good characters, decent acting and good cinematography, but absolutely nothing happens. A pain to watch.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
85
66th
Note: Theatrical Cut - I will watch the TV version some day.
Rated 10 Jan 2013
95
96th
Bergman shows a deep humanity and understanding here with deeply drawn, finely nuanced, entertaining characters who feel so real - how can these possibly be actors? He is interested as much in the little things as the big and throughout the film tackles everything from youth to old age, celebrating to mourning, subservience to power, religion to atheism. An outstanding film that captures the imagination of youth to mysterious and captivating effect.
Rated 18 Feb 2024
85
32nd
I feel like I need to watch the five hour version after reading all of the reviews. I watched the three hour version and I was bored for the first hour with character development, and then not adequately rewarded in the final two hours.
Rated 16 Jul 2011
100
96th
Great, Fassbinder, is great.
Rated 17 Sep 2013
100
97th
"You can't escape me." From the opening scenes where Alexander is running around the family home, alone and we get a glimpse of what may be the grim reaper or it may be an overactive imagination it's apparent that this isn't going to be run of the mill or dull. While I had to split it up over a couple days, the movie flew by. I've seen movies shorter than two hours that felt longer than this. In fact, it could have been longer. It leaves you wanting more.
Rated 11 Jan 2023
55
74th
#23#, [Theatrical], re4, rw3, "Project 100-80-60-40-20"-1982#1 }*{ #80s#, story, ratings
Rated 24 Mar 2010
83
83rd
slow, slow start, but about midway through the movie it picks up and does some great things. it's really not as good as everyone says, but it is a fairly decent movie--actually about two notches above decent. the fascinating dive into fantasy at the end is really what makes this movie good, if it were all as good as the last half hour then i would agree with the unanimous rave reviews.
Rated 13 Aug 2013
72
67th
sorry guys, not my type of movie
Rated 23 Mar 2012
68
89th
No doubt and outstanding movie, but the "shorter" three hour version leaves me lacking a little bit as the final third seemed rushed. I need to watch the five hour version.
Rated 04 Apr 2018
90
89th
theatrical version
Rated 02 Aug 2009
90
85th
(Theatrical Version) The first 45 minutes so seems kind of unfocused or slow. Don't let yourself be deterred. Power through it, and you will be rewarded. Great movie.
Rated 21 Nov 2018
4
72nd
Watches so well despite running time. The ghost of the priest particularly strong. Every good scene has premonition of bad, vice versa
Rated 26 May 2012
80
85th
As if it was my own childhood.
Rated 31 Oct 2014
80
89th
I loved the first part of the mini-series, but found the conclusion unsatisfying.
Rated 08 Jan 2012
100
99th
For the TV version. In my opinion, this is the greatest movie of all time. A celebration of life, and the ability to wonder.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
96
92nd
74
Rated 20 Nov 2011
99
99th
A 5 hour, 20 minute film that doesn't feel at all overwrought or bloated, I was enthralled the whole way through. It's harrowing and joyful, dark yet life-affirming, and almost perfect down to the last detail. There aren't enough kind things I can say about this movie. A new favorite.
Rated 08 Aug 2021
50
33rd
One of those types of movies where you know it's objectively well made in terms of acting, technical, and production values, but you just don't care for the story or characters. That's the category of films Fanny and Alexander ends up falling into. For me personally it just felt like watching any regular TV Drama about posh people. It simply wasn't that interesting to me. I heard there was a longer TV Miniseries of this, but I highly doubt it would have made much of a difference for me.
Rated 28 Jun 2014
70
36th
im so sick with this childs dream world crap.! ENOUGH İS ENOUGH.
Rated 15 Mar 2019
100
99th
100.00
Rated 08 Oct 2012
100
97th
The five hour Television cut of Fanny and Alexander is a wonderful look at various aspects of life - love, death, religion, sex and family - through the eyes of children. This slow-paced drama tells its story through vignettes and the fact that it is never boring is a testament to Ingmar Bergman's direction and the brilliant acting. The film is both realistic and surreal, at times heart wrenching and other times funny.
Rated 26 Feb 2024
80
77th
(score for the shorter cut — watch the TV cut, it's superior)
Rated 30 Mar 2018
75
55th
Elegantly slow
Rated 07 Dec 2021
80
60th
Shorter movie version.
Rated 25 Mar 2012
73
64th
Seems more like it should just be called "Alexander" because Fanny has maybe 5 lines for the entire 3 hours. She didn't do much but occupy background space. For the first half of the movie, the same is practically true of Alexander, but at that point it was much more important to establish the adult characters. The set construction is fantastic here, and many of the scenes are very play-like, i.e. long continuous shots with little camera movement.
Rated 13 Aug 2009
83
72nd
Wow. I've never seen anything like this movie. It makes me want to see a lot more Bergman movies,that's for sure.
Rated 23 Sep 2010
100
99th
I consider Bergman a cinema god; Fanny and Alexander only reaffirms my belief as he seems to have discovered what inspires him most about this medium, and perfected it in this piece. Bergman somehow breaks life down into its essentials, with the help of stirring photography and powerful performances.I watched the 5 hour version, and I suggest devoting yourself completely to it. It's so worthwhile.
Rated 07 Mar 2010
100
96th
watched: 2010, 2019
Rated 25 Sep 2017
90
96th
Watching this movie is like watching life itself and that is how I feel about Bergman: he films life, this is a perfect example. You have to get used to the pacing, but the characters are great and the acting is unbelievable natural.
Rated 06 Mar 2016
95
97th
on magic and freedom. i have a feeling that bergman saw himself more in fanny rather than in alexander
Rated 13 Feb 2019
60
71st
Absolutely loved this until Isak Jacobi turns up and then it gets daft. When a dominant belief system snuffs another out, it demotes it to fairy stories or legends. So when I see a culture depicted as magical, be it an indigenous people, a foreign continent or religion, in this case Judaism, my enjoyment of a movie lessens. The film goes limp at the end too.
Rated 22 Sep 2009
88
94th
312 minutes of brilliance.
Rated 09 Sep 2009
9
85th
Rating is for the theatrical cut, looking forward to the tv series. I thought parts of it were oddly paced and I'm eager to see how much the extra 2 hours will restructure the movie.
Rated 02 Sep 2013
7
92nd
it truly is a wonderful piece of human drama, with sprawling thematic depth. perhaps indulges in the supernatural a little much, especially toward the end, which prevents it from being a masterpiece in my view. but awfully close.
Rated 05 Feb 2007
95
95th
Mês especial do centenário de Ingmar Bergman filme #29. Enquanto as mais de cinco horas não passam levemente tanto quanto em Cenas de um Casamento, a versão de cinema se torna mia palatável do que a exaustiva versão para TV. Ver muito da infância de Bergman narrado em Lanterna Mágica na pele de Alexander também faz juz à sua grandiosidade. DVD Duplo Versátil - A Minissérie.
Rated 17 Nov 2008
97
94th
(TV version rating). I intend to see the short version soon.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
98
99th
The Ekdahl Family Reality Show.
Rated 29 Jul 2009
96
96th
So breathtaking...
Rated 19 Mar 2010
8
94th
(TV Version) I've always had a high appreciation for this, but it's never moved me in the same way as some of Bergman's quieter chamber dramas. While many scenes exhibit his trademark quality, especially those involving the Bishop, I found the overall tone a touch too fantastical. Still a masterpiece, obviously.

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