Friday, July 30, 2010

Taking pleasure in the Little World: Fanny and Alexander

#39 on my List is to see all of the Oscar winners for Best Foreign Film from 1980 till present.

Last night I saw Fanny & Alexander (Fanny och Alexander, 1983, Sweden), a film directed by Ingmar Bergman, his final theatrical film.

It is expansive, dark, lavish, haunting, visually almost poetic and filled with beautiful moments. It moves fluidly between reality and imagination and is melancholic in the way Dickens is. The performances are excellent and the little boy who plays Alexander (Bertil Guve) is extraordinary.

I am so very glad I watched it.

"Everything can happen. Everything is possible and probable. Time and space do not exist. On a flimsy framework of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns."
Johan August Strindberg (A Dream Play)

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