tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< March 2012 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
     1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Fanny and Alexander

This is a continuation of the my 7 great movie series that I thought I will do in a week. It really takes much longer. But as least the movies are good. And I think that's what really matters!

Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander is saga of a rich family the Ekdahls. I am particular impressed by the confrontation scene between Alexander and the Bishop. The Bishop, whom Alexander never have much affection with, becomes his step father when he marries his widowed mother. Alexander has mischievously made up a rumor about the Bishop mistreating his former wife. His maid informed the Bishop, which leads to the inquisition scene. Being a man of honor the Bishop clearly consider this a serious defamation. Alexander flat out deny he has made such accusation. The denial has took the Bishop by surprise. How dare would Alexander lie in front of everyone? So the Bishop escalates the pressure, making Alexander swear with his hand on the bible and explain that any further lying will be considered perjury, a very serious crime. In every step Alexander just dig himself deeper into a hole. This leads to his final breakdown and the severe punishment.

The power of this scene is that we can follow each character's mind and see how end step lead to this explosive end. The Bishop is no ordinarily villain. In fact he is completely right. It maybe somewhat harsh to apply his institutional power on a kid. But we also see how Alexander's willfulness provoke him. The Bishop told him he consider himself wise and fair, why does Alexander hate him? Again he is right, it is fair to say he is wise and fair even if he is also cold and dull. It is a thought provoking exercise to try to make sense of the conflict. How someone seemingly making every right step will come out so wrong.

2012.03.08 [] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians (26 May 2017)

 

Trump foreign tour: G7 leaders turn attention to Africa (27 May 2017)

 

Manchester attack: Ariana Grande plans benefit gig (26 May 2017)

 

Manchester attack: Editor defends publishing leaked photos (26 May 2017)

 

Kushner 'discussed secret line to Moscow' - US media reports (27 May 2017)

 

Clinton makes digs at Trump (26 May 2017)

 

Genene Jones, former Texas nurse, charged again with baby murder (26 May 2017)

 

Libya turmoil: Rival armed groups clash in capital, Tripoli (26 May 2017)

 

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar (26 May 2017)

 

Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise (26 May 2017)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)

 

City Insider (11 Feb 2012)

 

Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)

 

C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)

 

C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Education News (10 Jan 2012)

 

KALW (11 Feb 2012)

 

Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Pressure mounts for VW to invest in low-income communities (26 May 2017)

 

GDP growth upgraded, still slow in 1st quarter (26 May 2017)

 

DMV, CHP to inspect Uber’s self-driving-truck garage (26 May 2017)

 

Meal delivery service Sprig shuts down (26 May 2017)

 

Lights out! Eclipse to cut solar power in California (25 May 2017)

 

Jury rules with UC Davis in fight over strawberries (25 May 2017)

more »

 


Site feed Updated: 2017-May-27 00:00