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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Alexander won't say "good night" to Edvard, he asks him why. Alexander says he doesn't want Edvard to have a good night. Edvard chastises him, but as he leaves he starts laughing: he thought Alexander's response was this.


* CorporalPunishment: The Bishop flogs Alexander on the bare buttocks with a carpet beater--in front of the whole household.

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* CorporalPunishment: The Bishop flogs Alexander on the bare buttocks with a carpet beater--in front of the whole household.

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* CorporalPunishment: The Bishop flogs Alexander on the bare buttocks with a carpet beater--in front of the whole household.


* {{Existentialism}}: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.


* BetaCouple: Several. The affair between Gustav and Maj is the primary subplot (played for laughs), while Carl and Alma's marriage is the secondary (tragic) one. Helena and Isak is a background couple.

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* BetaCouple: Several. The affair between Gustav and Maj is the primary subplot (played for laughs), while Carl and Alma's Lydia's marriage is the secondary (tragic) one. Helena and Isak is a background couple.



* {{Polyamory}}: Gustav with Alma and Maj.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Gustav's wife Alma is aware that Gustav is having regular sex with Maj the maid, and Alma and Maj.is perfectly OK with it.


* Existentialism: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.

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* Existentialism: {{Existentialism}}: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.


* ''Existentialism'': A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.

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* ''Existentialism'': Existentialism: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.


* Existentialism: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.

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* Existentialism: ''Existentialism'': A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.

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* Existentialism: A common theme in Bergman's work. The characters are mired in death and nihilism and everyone is disastisfied and unhappy. After her husband's death, Emilie flees into the arms of the Bishop who offers the shelter of God, only to find her illusions shattered. Alexander refuses to live inauthentically under the Bishop's command. A major theme is theater as a way of finding solace in the torment of the world.

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* FamilyThemeNaming: The Ekdahl brothers are named after Swedish kings (which was a [[TruthInTelevision common naming practice]]).


* {{Polyamory}}: Gustav with Alma and Maj.



* YourCheatingHeart: Gustav with Maj, although it doesn't seem like it should count, when your wife is giving the thumbs up.


''Fanny and Alexander'' is a 1982 film by Creator/IngmarBergman. The story centers around the filthy rich Ekhdahl family in UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, from 1907 to 1909. Matriarch Helena Ekhdahl is a widow, who has maintained a long term relationship 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.

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''Fanny and Alexander'' is a 1982 film by Creator/IngmarBergman. The story centers around the filthy rich Ekhdahl family in UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, from 1907 to 1909. Matriarch Helena Ekhdahl is a widow, who has maintained a long term relationship 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 in a happy open marriage with Alma and is also having an affair with seeing Maj the maid, and everyone knows it.maid. 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'' is a 1982 film by Creator/IngmarBergman. The story centers around the filthy rich Ekhdahl family in UsefulNotes/{{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.

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''Fanny and Alexander'' is a 1982 film by Creator/IngmarBergman. The story centers around the filthy rich Ekhdahl family in UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}, from 1907 to 1909. Matriarch Helena Ekhdahl is a widow, who has maintained a long term affair, relationship 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 mini series, 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.

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''Fanny and Alexander'' was the last theatrical film of Bergman's career, although he wrote, wrote and directed for television for another 20 years. In fact, it was originally conceived as a television mini series, 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.



* AllThereInTheManual: Or rather, all there in the television cut. In the theatrical version, it's not clear if Alexander is making up the story, of seeing the ghosts of Edvard's wife and children. The television version includes a scene, where the ghosts of the mother and daughters appear, and yell at Alexander for making things up.

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* AllThereInTheManual: Or rather, all there in the television cut. In the theatrical version, it's not clear if Alexander is making up the story, story of seeing the ghosts of Edvard's wife and children. The television version includes a scene, scene where the ghosts of the mother and daughters appear, and yell at Alexander for making things up.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Bishop Vergerus, a pillar of his community and -- he's the bishop, for cripes's sake -- is revealed to be a cruel, domineering sadist. He locks the kids up in their room, viciously canes Alexander, and apparently was indirectly responsible, for the death of his first wife and children, when they drowned in the river, while trying to escape his tyranny.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Bishop Vergerus, a pillar of his community and -- he's the bishop, for cripes's sake -- is revealed to be a cruel, domineering sadist. He locks the kids up in their room, viciously canes Alexander, and apparently was indirectly responsible, responsible for the death of his first wife and children, when they drowned in the river, river while trying to escape his tyranny.



* CrossCastRole: For no obvious reason, but possibly to make the character even more creepy, the role of Mr. Jacobi's disturbed young son Ismael, is played by a woman.

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* CrossCastRole: For no obvious reason, but possibly to make the character even more creepy, the role of Mr. Jacobi's disturbed young son Ismael, Ismael is played by a woman.



* GoodCopBadCop: Carl and Gustav when negotiating with to the bishop. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* GreedyJew: Deconstructed with Isak, to the point of being a StereotypeFlip. Though outwardly he has all of the classical attributes, he is not portrayed as greedy or selfish, however it is clear, that most of the ''other'' characters see him this way. The sequence where he saves the children from the bishop's house shows, that he usually plays along with it to confuse his opponents.

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* GoodCopBadCop: Carl and Gustav when negotiating with to the bishop. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* GreedyJew: Deconstructed with Isak, to the point of being a StereotypeFlip. Though outwardly he has all of the classical attributes, he is not portrayed as greedy or selfish, however it is clear, clear that most of the ''other'' characters see him this way. The sequence where he saves the children from the bishop's house shows, that he usually plays along with it to confuse his opponents.



* GuessWhoImMarrying: Bishop Vergerus practically radiates "evil" from his first scene, in which he grills Alexander, about the fanciful stories Alexander tells at school. This trope is played with, however, in that their mother realizes pretty quickly, what a monster she married, and the kids do not save themselves (they are spirited out in a trunk by Mr. Jacobi).

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* GuessWhoImMarrying: Bishop Vergerus practically radiates "evil" from his first scene, in which he grills Alexander, Alexander about the fanciful stories Alexander tells at school. This trope is played with, however, in that their mother realizes pretty quickly, quickly what a monster she married, and the kids do not save themselves (they are spirited out in a trunk by Mr. Jacobi).



* TheMistress: Maj is this to Gustav. Alma is perfectly OK with it, even going so far as to have a pleasant conversation with Gustav and Helena, about what to do with Maj, after Gustav knocks her up.

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* TheMistress: Maj is this to Gustav. Alma is perfectly OK with it, even going so far as to have a pleasant conversation with Gustav and Helena, about what to do with Maj, Maj after Gustav knocks her up.



* SinisterMinister: Emilie's alarm bells do not go off when Edvard demands, that she and the children rid themselves of '''all''' their possessions, before coming to his household. Sure enough, Edvard is a monstrous sadist whose home is very much like a prison, complete with bars on the windows, and solitary confinement in the attic for Alexander, after Edvard beats him.

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* SinisterMinister: Emilie's alarm bells do not go off when Edvard demands, demands that she and the children rid themselves of '''all''' their possessions, possessions before coming to his household. Sure enough, Edvard is a monstrous sadist whose home is very much like a prison, complete with bars on the windows, and solitary confinement in the attic for Alexander, Alexander after Edvard beats him.



* ATasteOfTheLash: Edvard canes Alexander after Alexander makes up that story, about seeing the ghosts of Edvard's first family.

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* ATasteOfTheLash: Edvard canes Alexander after Alexander makes up that story, story about seeing the ghosts of Edvard's first family.


* WeddingDay: An appropriately ominous one between Edvard and Emilie right before intermission.

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* WeddingDay: An appropriately ominous one between Edvard and Emilie Emilie, right before the intermission.

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