Criterion has announced the release of Fanny and Alexander on Blu-Ray.
The package comes with three features:
the Theatrical Version,
the Television Version,
and the Making Of (directed by Bergman himself!)
I am shocked to read that the Television Version may be superior.
Ingmar Bergman has described Fanny and Alexander as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.” And in this, the full-length (312-minute) version of his triumphant valediction, his vision is expressed at its fullest.
Scott doesn’t know anything about Swedish Silent Cinema, and I don’t know anything about Swedish Television.
Clearly we need to spend a lot more time in Sweden.