Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast

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The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out of Africa (1985). Stephane Audran plays Babette, a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the elderly daughters of the town's long-dead minister, take Babette in. As revealed in flashback, Philippa and Martina were once beautiful young women (played by Hanne Stensgaard and Vibeke Hastrup), who'd forsaken their chances at romance and fame, taking hollow refuge in religion. Babette holds a secret that may very well allow the older ladies to have a second chance at life. This is one of the great movies about food, but there are way too many surprises in Babette's Feast to allow us to reveal anything else at this point (except that Ingmar Bergman "regulars" Bibi Andersson and Jarl Kulle have significant cameo roles)..

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
UPC: 0715515132718
Original Release: 1987
Rating: G
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Colorized]
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 5,918

Special Features

Disc one:; New 2K digital restoration; Trailer; New English subtitle translation; ; Disc two: ; 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; Plus: an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stéphane Audran Babette Hersant
Jean-Philippe Lafont Achille Papin
Gudmar Wivesson Lorenz Lowenhielm as a Young Man
Jarl Kulle Lorenz Lowenhielm as an old man
Bibi Andersson Swedish Court Lady-in-waiting
Bodil Kjer Old Philippa
Birgitte Federspiel Old Martina
Ebbe Rode Christopher
Hanne Stensgaard Young Philippa
Bendt Rothe Old Nielsen
Vibeke Hastrup Young Martina
Lisbeth Movin The Widow
Pouel Kern The Vicar
Michel Bouquet Narrator
Ghita Nørby Narrator
Tina Kiberg Philippa [singing]
Axel Ströbye Driver
Ebba With Lorens' Aunt
Else Petersen Solveig
Asta Esper Andersen Anna
Finn Nielsen Grocer
Holger Perfort Karlsen
Erik Petersen Young Erik
Lars Lohmann Fisherman
Tine Miehe-Renard Lorens' wife
Preben Lerdorff-Rye Kaptajnen
Thomas Antoni Swedish Lieutenant
Gert Bastian Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon Fisherman in Rowboat
Therese Hojgaard Christensen Martha
Cay Kristiansen Poul
Bernadette Lafont Actor

Technical Credits
Gabriel Axel Director,Screenwriter
Henning Bahs Special Effects
Just Betzer Co-producer
Elisabeth Bukkehave Makeup
Bo Christensen Co-producer
Sanna Dandanell Makeup
Michael Dela Sound/Sound Designer
Annelise Hauberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Hedegaard Asst. Director
Finn Henriksen Editor
Grethe Hollenfer Makeup
Henning Kristiansen Cinematographer
Karl Lagerfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Bente Moller Makeup
Pia Myrdal Costumes/Costume Designer
Lene Nielsen Production Manager
Per Nørgård Score Composer
Lydia Pujol Makeup
Birthe Lyngsoe Sorensen Makeup
Ase Tarp Makeup
Sven Wichmann Art Director,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Babette's Feast
1. Opening Credits [1:30]
2. "There Once Lived Two Sisters..." [4:57]
3. Lieutenant Löwenhielm [5:04]
4. "Each Time, He Grew More Insignificant" [4:51]
5. Achille Papin, From Paris [3:49]
6. Singing Lessons [9:22]
7. Madame Babette Hersant [6:43]
8. Cooking Lessons [4:11]
9. Fourteen Years Later [3:41]
10. Schisms in the Congregation [2:58]
11. "It's From France" [4:18]
12. Babette Asks a Favor [3:36]
13. Babette Returns, with Goods [4:03]
14. "As If We Never Had the Sense of Taste" [3:07]
15. Preparations [3:05]
16. General Löwenhielm [2:11]
17. "They're Here" [3:48]
18. "Babette Says Dinner is Served" [3:53]
19. Champagne, Blinis Demidoff [3:03]
20. Cailles en Sarcophage [5:48]
21. Salad [2:44]
22. The General's Toast [2:05]
23. Figs, Grapes, and Melon [2:24]
24. Coffee, Cognac Fine Champagne [2:59]
25. "It is Tme For Us to Leave" [3:51]
26. "It Was a Very Good Dinner" [3:05]
27. End Credits [2:12]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- Babette's Feast
1. Chapter 1 [1:30:02]

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