Monday, June 6, 2011
Fanny and Alexander (Fanny och Alexander) (1982)
Or not. Fanny and Alexander takes a retrospective look at a Swedish family in the early twentieth century. There appears to be widows, cruel stepfathers, and miserable children. Sounds like a fairy tale, and with legendary writer-director Ingmar Bergman at the helm, it's probably fair to say that this one is going to focus on death, family, female sexuality, and existential loneliness. Fingers crossed we get the "short version," as the original clocks in at a butt-numbing 312 minutes.
In good news for me and bad news for Nat, Woody Allen consistently cites Bergman as the greatest director of all time and his primary influence. Should be an adventure!