The master Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman announced his retirement after this three-hour family epic (which was edited down from a five hour-plus
mini-series), and thus he seemed to throw everything he had into Fanny and Alexander (1983).
Though it introduces many members of a large family, it essentially focuses on the title children, whose father suddenly dies, and whose mother marries a
pious, punishing bishop; he turns out to be one of the most thoroughly hateful and evil of all movie villains.
The movie opens with a lengthy, joyous, and beautiful old-fashioned Christmas celebration; it went on to win an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as
well as Oscars for Costume, Set Design, and Cinematography.