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In honor of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday, the Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive collection of his films ever released on home video. One of the most revelatory voices to emerge from the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema, Bergman was a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. The struggles of faith and morality, the nature of dreams, and the agonies and ecstasies of human relationships—Bergman's films range from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family life.


Criterion - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Criterion - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Criterion


Edition Details:
• The Making of Fanny and Alexander (1:49:41)
• A Bergman Tapestry (39:21)
• Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film (59:10)
• Stills Gallery
• Costume Gallery
• Set Models (7:17)

Blu-ray Release Date: November 20th, 2018

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This is a review of The Making of Fanny and Alexander Blu-ray in Criterion's Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema 100th Anniversary 30 Blu-ray Boxset. (reviewed as a work-in-progress HERE.)

This Making of Fanny and Alexander disc seems to be the exact same one as in their November 2011 three Blu-ray package of Fanny and Alexander reviewed HERE. The main feature is described as "The Making of Fanny and Alexander is a fascinating look at the creation of a masterpiece. Directed by Ingmar Bergman himself, this feature-length documentary chronicles the methods of one of cinema’s true luminaries as he labors to realize his crowning production. Featuring Bergman at work with many of his longtime collaborators—including cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors Erland Josephson, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Harriet Andersson—The Making of Fanny and Alexander is a witty and revealing portrait of a virtuoso filmmaker." In 1984, four years after Fanny and Alexander Ingmar Bergman released this documentary - a chronicle / behind the scenes of the making of Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winning film.

This disc also includes the 40-minute A Bergman Tapestry in this documentary producer Jorn Donner, production manager Katinka Farago, art director Anna Asp, assistant director Peter Schildt, and actors Pernilla August, Ewa Froling, Bertil Guve, and Erland Josephson reflect on their experiences working with Bergman on Fanny and Alexander. Running almost an hour Ingmar Bergman Bids Farewell to Film is here; a candid conversation with film critic Nils Petter Sundgren, recorded for Swedish television in 1984, Ingmar Bergman talks about his working methods, his childhood, and his decision to quit filmmaking. There are the previous galleries, stills and costumes, plus the 8-minute 'Set Models' footage of some of Anna Asp's set models. Asp's won an Academy Award, with set decorator Susanne Lingheim, for the art direction of Fanny and Alexander.

This Blu-ray disc has optional English subtitles for all extras and is Region FREE. It's an appropriate addition to the set which also includes a lavishly illustrated 248-page book.

 - Gary Tooze




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