Thursday, 27 January 2011

Food on Film. 1. Babette's Feast

Babette's Feast (Babette's Gastebud) is a Danish film from 1987 (it won that year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar). Directed by Gabriel Axel, and based on a short story by Karen Blixen, it is set in 1871 amidst a small religious community in a remote part of Denmark. After winning money in the lottery, housekeeper Babette (Stephane Audran) decides to spend it all by cooking an extravagant meal - the like of which the town’s people have never seen before. This is a gentle and slow-moving film, which puts the food centre stage. It’s the first in my Top 10 essential Food Films.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my favourite films. It has a wonderful gentle, subtle, quirky humour. I love the fact that the military man who had rejected one of the (now elderly) sisters as a marriage partner because of the austerity of life he'd have to share, ends up at the feast; but the straight-laced guests have decided for religious reasons not to make a fuss about the special food and drink - so he gets the impression that they eat like this every day. ...

    Great blog, Stephen, many thanks. (I found you because I was searching for the info on artichokes).