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A fantastic epic from the master.,
This review is from: Fanny and Alexander [DVD]  (DVD)
Bergman's "last film" (he came out of his cinematic retirement in 2003 to make Saraband, a follow-up to Scenes from a Marriage), which he himself described as "the sum total of my life as a film-maker" is the semi-autobiographical story of a year in the life of a well-off middle-class theatrical family. The length of the film is undoubtedly daunting, but this five-hour cut was the version shown on Swedish television (the cinema release was only three hours, but Berman wasn't happy with the cuts he had to make to get it down to that length), and is in four episodes each of just over an hour and so can be watched in 2 or 4 more manageable sittings. This is a beautiful and tender film which brings together all the main themes Bergman had been exploring throughout his nearly 40-year career in the cinema, and was his personal favourite of all the films he made.