Fanny and Alexander ★★★★★

5-Hour TV version

It feels like a grand epic and sweeps through what I can see as a fantastical, somewhat autobiographical telling of Bergman’s life. The characters instantly stick out, moving through time like a documentary. There are moments that seem to come out of left field but the full runtime is definitely worth it. This probably could’ve gone on longer and I still would’ve been invested. The writing is grounded in more reality than other Bergman works, even with the supernatural elements. The costumes are beautiful and the production design can only be described as poignant. Sets are constructed using minimalism and excess, and flicker between dark and light. The performances are strong and carry this through as a great in Bergmans rep. I’m continually impressed by his simplicity and love of grandeur.

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