• The selections in this week’s festival of free films on Hulu are as much culinary delights as they are cinematic ones. The strudel looks sensational in Dušan Makavejev’s Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, and the pastries are plentiful in Eric Rohmer’s short The Bakery Girl of Monceau. Dig the meatloaf and veal cutlets in Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and dive into one of cinema’s most epic food fights in Daisies. You may not want to go to dinner in Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel, and you probably won’t want to indulge in the sugary delicacies in Makavejev’s shocking Sweet Movie—at least not with the same gusto the characters exhibit.

    When people think of food on film, though, they often think of Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast first. In it, a French cook opens the hearts and minds of a group of pious Danish villagers by preparing an elaborate meal for them. You can stream the whole film below, or at Hulu. And if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see the hundreds of other streaming Criterion films there.

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  • By Jon A.
    November 27, 2012
    05:21 PM

    I saw BABETTE'S FEAST my freshman year at DePaul - I lived on campus, and it was only a short stroll to The Biograph. I must have been plenty naive at 18 (oh, who's kidding who? I was greener than grass), but I possessed boundless curiosity - myself and a coterie of like-minded friends loved to see foreign, indie, and cult films. But my first viewing of Babette left me bored and cold (not unlike the film's landscape). Now, 25 years later, I gave the film a second chance thanks to Hulu Plus. And I found myself genuinely moved at three different moments, even though I had a (hazy) recollection of the story's surprises. What moved me was the intense scrutiny of the PLEASURE the feast brought to the puritanical, stark guests, and the revelation that an excellent, adventurous meal is not only a gift but a gateway to love, friendship, and - in many ways - an epiphany about one's self and one's beliefs. Perhaps over the years I've come to be a little less impatient with the subtle gifts of life and learned to recognize them in myself and others, but BABETTE'S FEAST is a beautiful poem to those gifts.
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  • By Terry Pagitt
    November 27, 2012
    11:54 PM

    Well spoken. You make me want to plan a meal for friends.
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  • By FelicityKing
    December 07, 2012
    03:47 AM

    Babette's Feast is such a beautiful film! I really enjoyed the fairy tale nature of the story. Even though it's the very last month of the year, the film has taken a place in my top 10 favorite new film discoveries made this year. Also, I do NOT get 'Midnight in Paris' fans who ignore Luis Bunuel and 'The Exterminating Angel.' (Go check the MIP tag on tumblr and bawl your eyes out. He gets NO love. And many die-hards who will go check out the other artists mentioned in the film ignore him.)
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