Dark memories in the provincial worlds of Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and Federico Fellini’s Amarcord

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This article about Federico Fellini’s Amarcord (1973) and Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (1982) concerns one aspect of the directors’ childhood memories, namely how authoritarian institutions are used to disrupt otherwise fairly idyllic and nostalgic lives and worlds. The films blend detailed memories with playful fantasies, combine experiences of the directors’ alter ego Titta and Alexander with rituals of family and larger communities in the provincial cities of Rimini and Uppsala. In each film bitter memories are given a central role. This article explores the similarities of these bitter memories, as they are imagined in the mature auteurs’ last exceptionally successful films.


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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Arts


  • memory, childhood, nostalgia, authority, punishment, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Fanny and Alexander, Uppsala, Amarcord, Rimini, film, arthouse
Original languageEnglish
JournalIMAGES: The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch