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  • Summary: Set in Sweden in the early 20th century, this film focuses on the young children of a wealthy, theatrical family.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. 100
    The result was one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
  2. 100
    The movie is astonishingly beautiful. The cinematography is by Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    Emerges as a sumptuously produced period piece that is also a rich tapestry of childhood memoirs and moods, fear and fancy, employing all the manners and means of the best of cinematic theatrical from high and low comedy to darkest tragedy with detours into the gothic, the ghostly and the gruesome. (Review of Original Release)
  4. If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favorite actors.
  5. Bergman locates a generosity and élan that make F&A feel like his youngest film.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    90
    The results are quite frightening and far superior to the lengthy gloom and doom that fill many earlier Bergman films. A magical movie, Fanny and Alexander is likely to be the achievement for which Bergman will be most remembered. (Review of Original Release)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    10
    A masterpiece. If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favourite actors. The movie is astonishingly beautiful. The cinematography is by Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist. Excellent period piece, beautiful color,rather complex, several stories in one. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    8
    This film is what I would consider an epic piece of art. There are so many themes running through the characters in this film, it would be impossible to cover them all in a book let alone a review. There is something here for everyone. You will find something to connect with, something to enrage you, and something to make you somber. There were certainly some scenes in this movie that I did not enjoy, that took me out of the film I did watch the theatrical version. Perhaps I need to watch the television version for more context. I did enjoy this movie throughout and would recommend it to anyone looking for a thoughtful, artistic film. Expand

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