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Babette's Feast (1987) More at IMDbPro »Babettes gæstebud (original title)

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Babette's Feast -- Two devout and elderly sisters allow their cook, a French refugee, to prepare a feast in honor of their late father's 100th birthday, despite their spiritual concerns over the sensuality and decadence of French cuisine. Foreign language with English Subtitles
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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-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Food For Body and Soul See more (104 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
Rasmus Arrildt .... b camera assistant
Birger Bohm .... b camera operator
Jesper Find .... b camera operator second unit
Michael Wils Jensen .... lighting technician
Peter Klitgaard .... camera operator: second unit
Jacob Marlow .... lighting technician
Peter Gabriel Mørch .... still photographer
Gunnar Nielsen .... grip
Roald Pay .... still photographer
Michael Sørensen .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Liselotte Havmøller .... assistant editor
Mette Schramm .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mogens Durholm .... musician
Finn Graunbøl .... musician: Klaver/Orgel (as Finn Gravnbol)
Lars Holm .... musician (as Lars Holm Johansen)
Gert Mortensen .... musician
Anne Oland .... musician
Henrik Olesen .... musician
 
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:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
First Danish movie to win an Academy Award for best foreign language film.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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Soundtrack:
Were Nur Den Lieben GottSee more »

FAQ

What is the dinnerware used in Babette's Feast?
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78 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Food For Body and Soul, 17 May 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Flawlessly directed, written, performed, and filmed, this quiet and unpretentious Danish film is an example of cinema at its best, and if a person exists who can watch BABETTE'S FEAST without being touched at a very fundamental level, they are a person I do not care to know.

The story is quite simple. In the 1800s, two elderly maiden ladies (Birgitte Federspiel and Bodil Kjer) reside in remote Jutland, where they have sacrificed their lives, romantic possibilities, and personal happiness in order to continue their long-dead father's religious ministry to the small flock he served. One of the women's youthful admirers sends to them a Frenchwoman, Babette (Stéphane Audran), whose husband and son have been killed in France and who has fled her homeland lest she meet the same fate. Although they do not really require her services, the sisters engage her as maid and cook--and as the years pass her cleverness and tireless efforts on their behalf enables the aging congregation to remain together and the sisters to live in more comfort than they had imagined; indeed, the entire village admires and depends upon her.

One day, however, Babette receives a letter: she has won a lottery and is now, by village standards, a wealthy woman. Knowing that her new wealth will mean her return to France, the sisters grant her wish that she be allowed to prepare a truly French meal for them and the members of their tiny congregation. The meal and the evening it is served is indeed a night to remember--but not for reasons that might be expected, for Babette's feast proves to be food for both body and soul, and is ultimately her gift of love to the women who took her in and the villagers who have been so kind to her.

The film is extraordinary in every way, meticulous in detail yet not overpowering in its presentation of them. As the film progresses, we come to love the characters in both their simple devotion to God and their all-too-human frailties, and the scenes in which Babette prepares her feast and in which the meal is consumed are powerful, beautiful, and incredibly memorable. There have been several films that have used food as a metaphor for love, but none approach the simple artistry and beauty of BABETTE'S FEAST, which reminds us of all the good things about humanity and which proves food for both body and soul. Highly, highly recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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