See the magic of Christmas Eve through a child’s eyes in these glowingly nostalgic visions of holiday enchantment. On the night before Christmas, toys come to life through the wonders of stop motion in Czech animation wizard Karel Zeman’s delightfully imaginative fantasia A CHRISTMAS DREAM. It’s a captivating prelude to Ingmar Bergman’s sumptuous late-career masterpiece FANNY AND ALEXANDER, a sprawling odyssey that opens with a gorgeous evocation of a lavish Christmas Eve celebration in turn-of-the-century Sweden.
Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1982 • Sweden
Starring Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Ewa Fröling
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman intended FANNY ...