The results are quite frightening and far superior to the lengthy gloom and doom that fill many earlier Bergman films. A magical movie, Fanny and Alexander is likely to be the achievement for which Bergman will be most remembered. (Review of Original Release)
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The result was one of Bergman's most haunting and suggestive films.
Bergman locates a generosity and élan that make F&A feel like his youngest film.
If the uncut Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's greatest work, as I think, it's because it's his most inclusive. He shows almost everything: all his moods, conflicts, styles and many of his favorite actors.
The movie is astonishingly beautiful. The cinematography is by Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist.