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  • Writer's pictureBen Samuel

The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1984)

“Film has always been for me, a fantastic opportunity to knock down walls and ceiling – to stick my hand right through the membrane of reality. To reach out for other worlds. To heighten events and decisions. I think film is an incredible medium, and that perhaps we may just be standing on the threshold of its development.” - Ingmar Bergman

Making films has its roots deep down in the world of childhood, the lowest floor of my workshop” - Ingmar Bergman

Below: Footage from the finish scene.

"It was difficult to differentiate between what was fantasy and what was considered real. If I made an effort, I was perhaps able to make reality stay real. But, for instance, there were ghosts and spectres. What should I do with them? And the sagas, were they real?"- Ingmar Bergman

“The world is a den of thieves, and night is falling. Evil breaks its chains and runs through the world like a mad dog. The poison affects us all. No one escapes. Therefore let us be happy while we are happy. Let us be kind, generous, affectionate and good. It is necessary and not at all shameful to take pleasure in the little world.” - Fanny and Alexander (1982)

The full film is available here...

Poster for The Making of Fanny and Alexander

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