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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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Karen Blixen (novel)
Gabriel Axel (screenplay)
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4 March 1988 (USA) See more »
In a remote 19th Danish century village two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father, the local minister... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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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Also Known As:
"Babettes gæstebud" - Denmark (original title)
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102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The full name of the French general mentioned by Babatte and General Löwenhielm was Gaston Alexandre Auguste, Marquis de Galliffet. He was a French war hero and long-serving soldier. He became infamous for his repression of the Paris Commune in 1871.See more »
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[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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Featured in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) (TV)See more »
Waltz in A flat Op.39 No.15, arranged for orchestraSee more »


What is the dinnerware used in Babette's Feast?
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35 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The feast of life, 29 June 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

This movie came aside as a shock in the eighties.Far from trends,that is to say in the heart of sincere creativity,Babettes gaestebud stands as one of the finest movies of its time.Stephane Audran,the wonderful actress of her ex-husband Claude Chabrol's greatest achievements (le boucher,la rupture,les noces rouges,all unqualified musts for movie buffs)gave a lifetime performance.To see her prepare with love and affection her meal is a feast for the eyes.All the people who saw this masterpiece actually tasted,ate Babette's culinary triumph. But the most moving part of the story is its conclusion:Babette was a great French chef,she was famous,now she found a new homeland but her heyday is behind her and she won't never be allowed to come back to her dear France.So the two old sisters do comfort her:In heaven,there will be huge kitchens where she'll cook for eternity.While sharing her fortune with her new friends,Babette changed their life,she gave them pleasure and a magic evening they would remember forever.In this simple but extraordinary screenplay,human warmth is everywhere,and I wish everybody a Babette's feast,would it be only for one starry night...

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