The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: December 3

12/03/2014 4:00 AM |



Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Bergman’s “final” film (like Soderbergh, he continued writing and doing TV) is an expansive, haunting period piece-cum-fairy tale even in its shorter theatrical version. It’s based in part on Bergman’s own unhappy childhood: the eponymous protagonists’ jovial, colorful family life ends when their father suddenly dies and mother remarries a Lutheran bishop. An authoritarian zealot who’s quick to seize upon “teaching moments” for mother and children with corporeal punishment, the bishop’s cruelty is only (physically) undone by mystical intervention. To those with equally dogmatic parents: be prepared to discuss it later with your therapist. Violet Lucca (Dec 4, 7pm at IFC Center’s “Celluloid Dreams”)