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Babette's Feast (Widescreen)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont
  • Directors: Gabriel Axel
  • Writers: Gabriel Axel, Karen Blixen
  • Producers: Benni Korzen, Bo Christensen, Just Betzer, Pernille Siesbye
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,169 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Special Features

New interview with 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. An essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Lanza on June 12 2001
Format: DVD
The story unfolds in a small, seaside Danish village. We watch patiently as the minister and his two lovely daughters lead their church and community through enlightenment and devout prayer. Rather than seeking marriage or fame, the sisters' faith and devotion to God keep them in this picturesque little hamlet well into late age, long after the minister's passing. At the request of a dear friend, the sisters are urged to take in a Parisian refuge in an effort to save her life during her government's turmoil. Babette becomes cook and housekeeper for the ladies.
Many years later, Babette learns she's won the Paris lottery and decides to host a feast for the kindly sisters and the community that took her in. Though slow moving at first, the story gradually picks up momentum, interest and laughs along the way. The highlight is in the preparation and presentation of the feast itself; to the simple people of the village who have never before experienced such an exotic fare. Unbeknownst to everyone, Babette was the head chef at one of Paris' foremost restaurants and a personal favorite of Parisian royalty and dignitaries.
A delightful film and a treasure for any international collector. The characters are realistically wonderful and cast beautifully. While filled with many charming moments and excellent performances, the entire film is an absolute delight and highly suitable for family viewing. Although some parents may be hesitant to introduce a foreign language film (with subtitles) to their children, it has been my personal experience that children can embrace the important elements, plot and humor of this film, irrespective of individual reading proficiencies. This film was purchased at the urging of our children and says a lot for the uniqueness and originality of Babette's Feast. A true delight for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo on July 10 2004
Format: DVD
Babette is a film which inspires you to to be a better person. It's a splendid story about the last possibilities of a lonely human being as Stephane Audran is capable to do in a community.
The multiple readings you can make are countless ; the camera is a silent witeness to show us the unforgettable dinner in what Audran makes a tour de force acting. We had to expect thirteen years for finding out a similar film in its meaning: Amelie in 2001.
The question is not if you must to acquire this movie ; but how can you live without this one?
One of the ten movies from the eighties : A timeless gift from Dennmark to the whole world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 1 2011
Format: DVD
A tale of passions and art thwarted and brought to life, with lovely photography, and solid performances.

The charming story of two spinster sisters in a dour, religious Danish town who take in a French political refugee. After years of working for these women, with gratitude and gentleness, but little expressed emotion, the woman (Stephane Audran) uses lottery money she wins not to return to France, or to start her own life, but to create a feast, bringing back her own lost artistry as one of France's great chefs.

In spite of their promise not to get swept up in the food, the locals slowly succumb to it's sublime mix of the sacred and the sensual.

All of this is sweet, interesting, entertaining and well told, but for me there's also something a tiny bit thin about it. It feels like a short story stretched to feature length (which it is), and I didn't find it quite as moving emotionally as I wished. Many like it more than me, but to me it's a lovely, well-told, worthwhile film, but not quite a great one.
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Format: DVD
You dont see alot of movies where the whole third act consist of 12 old men and women sitting at a table, barely talking. And you dont see alot of movies where a whole act of 12 old people barely talking will have you laughing, crying and restoring your faith in art - but this is what you get when you take one of the worlds best storytellers and the 12 best danish actors. Alot has been said and written about faith in Babettes Feast (be it faith in art or in God, the story can be read either ways), and indeed youll get so carried away by the depth and elegance of the story and the miraculous feast, that its easy to overlook the other big miracle in this movie: the acting. Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspiel, for many years the leading ladies of danish cinema, deliver pitch perfect performances, and so does the rest of the cast - the play with grace, intelligence and humour. For religious movie buffs (or fans of Scandinavian cinema in general) pay special attention to the wonderful Preben Lehrdorff Rye (of Dreyers "Ordet") and Lisbeth Movin (of Dreyers "Days of Wrath") in a small romantic subplot!
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 31 2007
Format: DVD
Barbette a refugee from another world, seeks a simple life as a cook in a simple village. Both she and the villagers learn from each other. As luck would have it Barbette wins the lottery. She decides to give back something to the simple people that took her into their society in the form of a feast. She gives more than they realize.

This film has a depth that allows everyone to acquire something of value from its viewing.

It is exceptionally beautiful from a cinematic level. The story on the surface is strait forward. There are many underlying meanings, some universal and others will be personal to the viewer.

However some people could interpret that Barbette was doing something weird. Some may think it was sacrilegious as some of the people of the village saw it. Others may see this as she was showing off. Still others that with all of her winnings she was cheap to just give them a meal.

The decision not to eat the stuff is played out in other movies as "Theodora Goes Wild" where they are not going to meet a train. Again in "Chocolat" they suspected an ulterior motive. But this movie is more moving when you find out the truth behind the gesture and the cost.
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