Based on memories of his childhood, this film's rollicking opulence is close to the mood of Smiles of a Summer Night. It's filled with echoes from Bergman's earlier work (Erland Josephson's Isak has some similarities to the character of Isak Borg played by Victor Sjöström in Wild Strawberries and there are also links to The Face). At the time, Bergman declared this beautiful, rich near-autobiography would be his final film for the cinema, and subsequently he worked entirely for television.
Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander)
Seasons & Screenings
15 Jun + 25 Jun
For much of the ‘70s, Bergman was exiled from his native Sweden because of a bitter wrangle over alleged unpaid taxes; during this period he made films in Germany and Norway. In 1982 he returned home to make this warm, richly detailed reminiscence, which was filmed both as a 300-minute television series and as a feature film.