Babette’s Feast Film Still

Babette’s Feast

Gabriel Axel

 
Babette’s Feast (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Denmark
  • 1987
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Danish, French, Swedish
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  • Spine #665

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

Cast

Babette HersantStéphane Audran
FilippaBodil Kjer
Martine Birgitte Federspiel
General Lorens LöwenhielmJarl Kulle
Achille PapinJean-Philippe Lafont
Swedish lady-in-waitingBibi Andersson
Young MartineVibeke Hastrup
Young FilippaHanne Stensgaard
WidowLisbeth Movin
ChristopherEbbe Rode
Old NielsenBendt Rothe
CaptainPreben Lerdorff Rye
DriverAxel Strøbye
Lieutenant Lorens LöwenhielmGudmar Wivesson
NarratorGhita Nørby

Credits

DirectorGabriel Axel
ScreenplayGabriel Axel
From a story byKaren Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
Director of photographyHenning Kristiansen
Edited byFinn Henriksen
Production designSven Wichmann
ComposerPer Nørgaard
Gastronomic consultantJan Pedersen
CostumesAnnelise Hauberg
Produced byJust Betzer

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interviews with director Gabriel Axel and actor Stéphane Audran
  • Karen Blixen—Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author of the film’s source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen
  • New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu and Dinesen’s 1950 story (Blu-ray only)

Film Essays

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Babette’s Feast: “Mercy and Truth Have Met Together”

By Mark Le Fanu July 22, 2013

Gabriel Axel’s exquisite adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short tale of grace through art provides spiritual and sensual sustenance. Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Bibi Andersson

By Peter Cowie March 26, 2014

The author recalls his encounters with the great Swedish actress. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Three Reasons


Video


Film Essays

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Babette’s Feast: “Mercy and Truth Have Met Together”

By Mark Le Fanu July 22, 2013

Gabriel Axel’s exquisite adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s short tale of grace through art provides spiritual and sensual sustenance. Read more »


Photo Galleries

A Criterion Feast

November 21, 2012