Film: Fanny and Alexander
“Everything can happen. Everything is possible and probable. Time and space do not exist. On a flimsy framework of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns.”Fanny and Alexander
is a 1982 film by Ingmar Bergman
. The story centers around the filthy rich Ekhdahl family in Sweden, from 1907 to 1909. Matriarch Helena Ekhdahl is a widow who has maintained a long-term affair with Jewish shopkeeper Isak Jacobi. Helena's son Carl is unhappily married and deeply in debt. Her son Gustav is happily married to Alma, despite the fact that he's also having an affair with Maj the maid and everyone knows it. Helena's son Oscar has the simplest home life, married to the lovely Emelie, with two children, Fanny and Alexander (the film is from Alexander's point-of-view). Unfortunately Oscar and Emelie's happiness is cut short when Oscar suddenly dies from a stroke. Emelie winds up marrying the local Protestant bishop, Edvard Vergerus—a marriage that both she and her children quickly regret.Fanny and Alexander
was the last theatrical film of Bergman's career, although he wrote and directed for television for another 20 years. In fact, it was originally conceived as a television miniseries, and exists as both a 188-minute theatrical cut (the first to be released) and a 312-minute television cut. It is commonly regarded as one of his masterpieces.