Ingmar Bergman's Fanny & Alexander exists in two cuts and we'll be talking about the shorter theatrical version next week, but that can't be talked about without referencing the longer television version, which itself can't really be talked about in a single episode. All that to say: this week's episode is really part one of a two part conversation (three part if you count the fact that in two weeks we'll be talking about The Making of Fanny and Alexander).
The film itself is a coming of age story with ghosts (of Hamlet and proto-J-horror varieties) and the possible (probable?) psychic murder of a hated step-relative. It's Bergman having come to terms with his existentialism, or at least having come to accept the mystery of mysticism, and exploring it. So utterly amazing.
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