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Babette's Feast (1987) [Criterion Collection]

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Babette's Feast (1987) [Criterion Collection]

Babette's Feast (1987) + Extras
DVDRip | MKV | 720 x 432 | x264 @ 1842 Kbps | 103 min | 1,52 Gb + 2,04 Gb
Audio: Danish AAC 2.0 @ 157 Kbps | Subs: English (embedded)
Genre: Drama

At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette’s Feast is a deeply beloved treasure of cinema. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, it is the lovingly layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of sensual pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

IMDB - Won 1 Oscar + Another 10 wins

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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Babette's Feast (1987) [Criterion Collection]

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Extras:
- New Interviews With Director Gabriel Axel (08:40) And Actor Stephane Audran (24:19)
- Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 Documentary About The Author Of The Film's Source Story, Who Wrote Under The Pen Name Isak Dinesen (01:30:02)
- New Visual Essay By Filmmaker Michael Almereyda (25:58)
- New Interview With Sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson About The Significance Of Cuisine In French Culture (16:59)