Fanny and Alexander, the television cut.

Contrary to what Adam says toward the beginning of this week's episode, Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander was not first released in a 312 minute cut. The long cut was planned first, but the first release was the shorter 188 minute version in 1982, which we'll talk more about next week. Still this longer version was actually released to theaters in December of 1983 before being chopped into four episodes for Swedish television a bit later.

This is part one of our discussion, one because there's just too much Fanny and Alexander for one episode, an two because its impossible to talk about the shorter cut without talking about the longer, better cut. We'll see you next week for part two, which focuses more on the theatrical cut.

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The Magic Flute

As Pat repeatedly states in this week's episode Ingmar Bergman's 1975 adaptation of the classic Mozart opera is "wonderful." Playfully shot as an actual stage production, with recurring reminders that there is an audience and periodic peeks backstage, Bergman originally filmed it for a New Year's Day television broadcast. It's certainly one of Bergman's best films, and one of the few that I would unequivocally recommend to anyone, no matter their age or disposition.