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Director:
Writers:
Karen Blixen (novel)
Gabriel Axel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 March 1988 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In a remote 19th Danish century village two sister lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
My Favorite Film (and I Love movies) See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stéphane Audran ... Babette Hersant (as Stephane Audran)
Bodil Kjer ... Filippa
Birgitte Federspiel ... Martine

Jarl Kulle ... Gen. Lorens Löwenhielm

Jean-Philippe Lafont ... Achille Papin (as Jean Philippe Lafont)

Bibi Andersson ... Svensk hofdame
Ghita Nørby ... Narrator
Asta Esper Hagen Andersen ... Anna (as Asta Esper Andersen)
Thomas Antoni ... Svensk Lieutenant
Gert Bastian ... Poor Man
Viggo Bentzon ... Fisherman in Rowboat

Vibeke Hastrup ... Young Martine
Therese Hojgaard Christensen ... Martha
Pouel Kern ... The Minister
Cay Kristiansen ... Poul
Lars Lohmann ... Fisherman
Tine Miehe-Renard ... Löwenhielm's Wife
Lisbeth Movin ... The Widow
Finn Nielsen ... Kobmand
Holger Perfort ... Karlsen
Else Petersen ... Solveig
Erik Petersén ... Erik (as Erik Petersen)
Ebbe Rode ... Christopher
Bendt Rothe ... Old Nielsen
Preben Lerdorff Rye ... The Captain
Hanne Stensgaard ... Young Filippa
Axel Strøbye ... The Coach
Ebba With ... Löwenhielm's Aunt
Gudmar Klöving ... Young Lorens Löwenhielm (as Gudmar Wivesson)
Tina Kiberg ... Filippa (singing voice)

Directed by
Gabriel Axel 
 
Writing credits
Karen Blixen (novel "Skaebne-Anekdoter")

Gabriel Axel (screenplay)

Produced by
Just Betzer .... producer
Bo Christensen .... producer
Benni Korzen .... producer (uncredited)
Pernille Siesbye .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Per Nørgaard  (as Per Nørgård)
 
Cinematography by
Henning Kristiansen 
 
Film Editing by
Finn Henriksen 
 
Production Design by
Sven Wichmann 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Obeling Johannsen 
 
Costume Design by
Annelise Hauberg 
Karl Lagerfeld (costume designer: Miss Audran)
Pia Myrdal 
 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Bukkehave .... makeup artist
Sanne Dandanell .... makeup artist
Grethe Holleufer .... makeup artist
Birthe Lyngsøe .... makeup artist
Bente Møller .... makeup artist
Lydia Pujols .... makeup artist
Aase Tarp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lene Nielsen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Hedegaard .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arvid Berg .... assistant property master
Ena Eisel .... property master
Gary Møller .... assistant property master
Torben Bækmark Pedersen .... property master
Rikke Raben .... assistant property master
Leif Stoltze .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Hans-Eric Ahrn .... sound mixer
Karen Bentzon .... production sound recordist
Michael Dela .... sound
Carl Aage Hansen .... sound
John Nielsen .... sound
Bjarne Risbjerg .... sound
Sonja Vesterholt .... production sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Henning Bahs .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Wils Jensen .... lighting technician
Jacob Marlow .... lighting technician
Peter Gabriel Mørch .... still photographer
Gunnar Nielsen .... grip
Michael Sørensen .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Liselotte Havmøller .... assistant editor
Mette Schramm .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Finn Graunbøl .... musician: Klaver/Orgel (as Finn Gravnbol)
 
Other crew
Annemarie Aaes .... script
Claes Kastholm Hansen .... consultant
Niels Bjørn Larsen .... choreographer
Paulette Tavormina .... food stylist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Babettes gæstebud" - Denmark (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Favorite film of Pope Francis.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[in Danish, using English subtitles]
Narrator:In this remote spot there once lived two sisters who were both past the first flush of youth. They had been christened Martina and Philippa after Martin Luther and his friend Philipp Melanchton. They spent all their time and almost all their small income on good works.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don GiovanniSee more »

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What is the dinnerware used in Babette's Feast?
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114 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
My Favorite Film (and I Love movies), 3 January 2005
Author: jerayne1021 from Arcata, CA

Babette's Feast, for me, is about healing: mending the schism between spirit and body in orthodox Christianity. This puritanical community in remote Denmark is missing an adequate appreciation of all of God's gifts in creation. They have taken the dualism of St. Paul to an extreme, and stress the life of the "spirit," not the life of the "flesh." Both elderly sisters, in their youth, were frightened by the lure of love and the temptations of life outside their simple village. They, and their parishioners, cling to the narrow biblical interpretation of their former leader, and the sisters' father. The aging congregation has become testy and quarrelsome, and the sisters don't know what to do. Enter Babette, a French stranger, and someone to whom they can show kindness. They have no way of knowing that she will ultimately return their kindness and give fertile soil to their dry, dusty theology. Babette will give everything she has, and in the process, will teach the sisters and their flock about grace, about sacrifice, about how sensual experience (as in the bread and wine of the Eucharist) can change lives, and about why true art moves us so deeply. When they can forgive each other, and themselves, they can focus on God's love that unfolds before them in a concrete way in the present. As a minister, and an artist, I can't recommend a movie more highly. True art and true grace!!

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