5h/ 3h Drama by Ingmar Bergman, 4 Oscars
–Year in film: 1909
–Country: Sweden, F, D
–Who in clothing: Alexander ~10 ys, boy Putte ~8, sailor suits
–Who in clothing 2: Fanny, other boys, sailor suit, nightshirts, costumes
–Available on DVD: yes *
–I own: yes *
–Clothing occurence: medium *
–Comment: Bertil Guve as Alexander (pictured) in short white, light blue striped and black sailor suits, different collars, also other clothing with little collar and theatre costumes. Pernilla Allwin in a black sailor dress, boy Putte (Kristian Almgren 1971-1994) in black and white sailor suit . Also 3 other kids (short scene outside). Also Fanny, Alexander and Putte in nightshirts. And of course grown ups in other historical upper class clothings.
Scenes only from 5h version
Funny. Last night I thought about my dad and this reminds me of this film. I have seen it once or twice in the 80s and haven’t seen it on TV since. Of course a masterpiece of Ingmar Bergman showing historical childhood and family in 1909and 1910. Perhaps most readers know this film and I don’t have to tell much about it. I wonder, why I haven’t thought about it earlier. I even own the novel. Actually one of the first films to associate with sailor suits. Also starring Allan Edwall (Emil i Lönneberga, died in 1997) and Börje Ahlstedt. Top 208 at IMDb. Film aka “Fanny and Alexander”.
Note that there are different versions in different quality, colors, region codes and features (see below). I am describing the sailor suit and other relevant scenes. Note that I have seen the 5 hour TV version and now the 3h film completely, and don’t know the 322 minute version nor the extras and not the 1986 documentary.
At the beginning Alexander in female looking theatre costumes. Then, probably one of the best scenes Christmas at home incl running while singing (at 23 minutes long version, 18 minutes film version). Pic top right showing Alexander in short white sailor suit with a dark blue collar. After that the farting scene (pic top left) also showing Putte in white sailor suit, white collar, 2 stripes (at 39/24). Then at (40/27) nightshirt scenes. The sailor suit with collar is seen on a chair.
At 1h25/52 the first dinner scene with Alexander and Putte in black sailor suits, black quite short collars
At 1h57 Fanny and Alexander in black sailor suits and long black collar after the funeral. First parts of this scene is not on the film. Alexander coming from the toilet, continue dressing on while running. The 2nd dinner scene with Fanny and Alexander in black sailor suits and later is at 2h05/1h14. The 2nd theatre scene (2h09) showing Alexander in 15th century clothes and long white stockings or tights (pictured) is not on the film. At 2h16/1h16) the brief scene of 3 other boys running in sailor suits. At 2h26 /1h25 black sailor suit (from a distance and one close-up). At 2h31/1h29 Alexander in light blue sailor suit, white long collar (comparison pic, wedding scene), also walking showing backside of collar and pants while lying on a table. At 2h36/1h37 good close up scenes of Alexander with white collar. 2h39 Nightshirt.
The 2nd DVD of the long version has very few sailor suit scenes, however other interesting scenes.
At 6 Nightshirt, At 22 a pullover, short, black non sailor collar. At 29/2h12 the spanking scene (pullover, no sailor suit). At 48 Putte in nightshirt. 1h09 Alexander’s teddy with a white collar. At 1h33 peeing scene nightshirt.
At 1h49/2h12 the tender Ismael scene (Alexander with closed eyes and bare shoulders). At 2h Fanny in black sailor dress. 2h02 close up of Putte with white collar (not on film, see pic), At2h03 Alexander in white sailor suit, blue collar. At 2h09 A pic of the complete family Putte and Alex in sailor suits (not on the film), at 2h14 Alexander in nightshirt.
DVD/BD: I think there is currently only one Blu-ray set with the complete 322 minutes director’s cut, remastered, with extras and different languages (Region A, 3x BD). There is not even a Swedish or other European BD (only of the film).
I own the German 5 disc Bergman collection DVD with both versions, 2 other Bergman films. Extras only some trailers. The long version is 5h04 (not 322 min), on 2 discs, is not remastered (scratches), and is 4:3 (768×576, but with black bars at top and bottom, so only 496 pixels high) and has warmer colors (pic below). The film version (1 disc) is exactly 3h, is remastered, good color (white is white) and has 1024×576 pixels, some bars left and right so ~955×576. Note also, that the film shows more at the right and the other more of the top. Unlike the long version the film has German subtitles. Both no other languages.
The film (rated R) itself is very interesting and has some very good sailor suit and other scenes. Usually I don’t like Alexander with his quite long and dark hair and I wonder if this is authentic as well as his behavior and that of the grown ups. With an Alexander with short blond hair it would be a different film (like Väter und Söhne). I like his big ears (at 1h51). First only rating 8, now 9 due the many different sailor suits and collars and the interesting plot. I will watch the film again later and hope to check the missing 20 minutes as well as the other extras.