Fanny & Alexander is a film I ought to appreciate a lot
more than I actually do, but the truth is, I found this quite a difficult watch, even though I only viewed the shorter version.
Considered by many to be Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece, it
follows three generations of the Ekdahl's, a theatrical family in early 20th Century Sweden, mostly through the eyes of the children, Fanny & Alexander.
Firstly, I have to admit that it's a beautifully constructed
film, with some sumptuous cinematography, production design, costumes and makeup, and whilst I can respect Bergman's career as a writer-director, I do find that most of his films are incredibly
Depressing isn't a term I'd use for Fanny & Alexander, but
it was a long, hard slog of a movie to get through and I really wish that I enjoyed it more.
Admittedly, I probably picked a wrong time (in the evening) to
view the movie, when I was already quite tired, and perhaps I should choose a better time to watch it, or even tackle it in its TV format, in which it was broken down into episodes for a 5-hour