Gabriel Axel

Babette’s Feast

Babette’s Feast

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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)

Purchase Options

Special 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)
Babette’s Feast
Cast
Stéphane Audran
Babette Hersant
Bodil Kjer
Filippa
Birgitte Federspiel
Martine
Jarl Kulle
General Lorens Löwenhielm
Jean-Philippe Lafont
Achille Papin
Bibi Andersson
Swedish lady-in-waiting
Vibeke Hastrup
Young Martine
Hanne Stensgaard
Young Filippa
Lisbeth Movin
Widow
Ebbe Rode
Christopher
Bendt Rothe
Old Nielsen
Preben Lerdorff Rye
Captain
Axel Strøbye
Driver
Gudmar Wivesson
Lieutenant Lorens Löwenhielm
Ghita Nørby
Narrator
Credits
Director
Gabriel Axel
Screenplay
Gabriel Axel
From a story by
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
Director of photography
Henning Kristiansen
Edited by
Finn Henriksen
Production design
Sven Wichmann
Composer
Per Nørgaard
Gastronomic consultant
Jan Pedersen
Costumes
Annelise Hauberg
Produced by
Just Betzer

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