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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
The original actor's voices are so rich, the subtitled version is the only way to go. The dubbed version I saw on television a short while ago was abysmal by comparison.
I won't say too much, as other reviewers have spoken in detail about this unforgettable masterpiece. BABETTE'S FEAST is simply the most touching, moving and delicately nuanced film I know of, and the one Scandinavian film which I unhesitatingly urge upon all my acquaintances. With none of Bergman's icy pessimism, this movie is a triumph of the human spirit and of the spirit of selfless love. It is utterly beautiful from beginning to end. It is one of the very greatest of all movies.
If you haven't seen BABETTE'S FEAST yet, you are not a fully realized human being.
The DVD is, without a doubt, THE format for this movie. The print has been considerably cleaned up and brightened. What a difference with my "old" fuzzy VHS copy! The widescreen format benefits this film tremendously. The sound is crisp and even, with no sudden drops or surges in volume. The DVD offers three language tracks: the original Danish/French, English, and Spanish. I personally recommend that you keep the Danish/French track with English subtitles. It's the only real way to convey the full meaning and emotions of the story. Avoid the English track at all costs: it's unbelievably bland and emotionless (thereby removing any and all subtleties and charm from this superb story) and it's muffled. I did not check out the Spanish track.
Worth much more than "just" 5 stars!
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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 17 months ago by Jinglebts
Did not arrive until well after promised. Otherwise, fine.Published 17 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 18 months ago by Mary L White
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