Cinema: House Guests

FANNY AND ALEXANDER Directed and Written by Ingmar Bergman

A grand old house dominates this film. Impossibly ornate, stocked with paintings and furniture and bric-a-brac and candles, candles everywhere, it invites the children who live in it to become adventurers into its secrets. The mansion broods over a quiet Swedish town, in the winter of 1907, and it is the place where ten-year-old Alexander (Bertil Guve) and his younger sister Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) and their parents and grandmother, the Ekdahls, reside. But with a leap of film fancy it becomes the house that Bergman...

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