Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 332: Fri Dec 2

Fanny and Alexander (Bergman, 1982): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 1.50pm & NFT2, 5.15pm

This film is on an extended run at BFI Southbank. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Ingmar Bergman's 1982 feature, condensed from a much longer TV series, is less an autumnal summation of his career than an investigation of its earliest beginnings: through the figure of ten-year-old Alexander (Bertil Guve), Bergman traces the storytelling urge, developing from dreams and fairy tales into theater and (implicitly) movies. The film doesn't so much surmount Bergman's usual shortcomings—the crude contrasts, heavy symbolism, and preachy philosophizing—as find an effective context for them. Tied to a child's mind, the oversimplifications become the stuff of myth and legend. As in The Night of the Hunter, a realistic psychological drama is allowed to expand into fantasy; the result is one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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