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Babette's Feast (Widescreen) [Import]
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Babette's Feast: Wonderful award academy award winning foreign film. It is in perfect condition with insert. NO TAX - I ship quickly from Ontario, Canada.
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. --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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.
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.
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.
Another thing which I love about the movie is that it reveals something about the nature of good, evil, grace and redemption. None of the acting characters in the movie are "evil"; however many are infected with smaller sins of pettiness, lack of generosity, glorying in the defeat of others, scrupulosity, jealousy, etc. This movie shows how these defects - small but many - have taken all the joy and pleasure out of life for those suffering under them and that to forgive and be forgiven is necessary to restore the joy of life. Grace, in this case the gift of Babette, is necessary to occasion the redemptive action.
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Marvelous adaptation of Karen Blixen's (Isac Dineson's) story about art, and how beautiful art delights people happy and dissolves their differences. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jinglebts
Did not arrive until well after promised. Otherwise, fine.Published 9 months ago by Walter Haldorson
This disc can not be played in my region. I need a version which is playable in Canada, not Ireland!!! I wonder how this could have happened.Published 9 months ago by Mary L White
This film was out of print, but the outfit that sold it was excellent. The film arrived just days after I had first ordered itPublished on Dec 16 2010 by D. Neil Campbell
A classic, an enduring metaphor ... knowing the ending doesn't make it less delicious ' just like any great meal that you anticipate because you have enjoyed it time and again.Published on June 25 2010 by Tateena
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