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Babette's Feast

The Danish/French Babette's Feast is based on a story by Isak Dinesen, also the source of the very different Out of Africa (1985). Stephane Audran plays Babette, a 19th century Parisian political refugee who seeks shelter in a rough Danish coastal town. Philippa (Bodil Kjer) and Martina (Birgitte Federspiel), the elderly daughters of the town's long-dead minister, take Babette in. As revealed in flashback, Philippa and Martina were once beautiful young women (played by Hanne Stensgaard and Vibeke Hastrup), who'd forsaken their chances at romance and fame, taking hollow refuge in religion. Babette holds a secret that may very well allow the older ladies to have a second chance at life. This is one of the great movies about food, but there are way too many surprises in Babette's Feast to allow us to reveal anything else at this point (except that Ingmar Bergman "regulars" Bibi Andersson and Jarl Kulle have significant cameo roles).

This is a benefit screening for the Laemmle Charitable Foundation as part of Laemmle Theatres’ 75th anniversary. Ticket prices are as follows:

$8 general admission
$6 premiere card purchasers
$10 includes ticket + small popcorn fountain drink
$8 premiere card for ticket, popcorn & drink
$25 ticket which includes admission, popcorn, drink plus voucher (assumes final version not available) for 75th anniversary t-shirt

Played at

Playhouse 7, 12.18.13 - 12.18.13
Rated G
Runtime: 102 min
Language: Danish, French, Swedish

Director: Gabriel Axel
Cast: Birgitte Federspiel, Bodil Kjer, Stephane Audran
FEATURED REVIEW: Philip Kemp, Total Film
One of the great foodie movies, Gabriel Axel’s adaptation of a story by Danish author Karen Blixen (Out Of Africa) picked up the 1987 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In the title role, Stéphane Audran plays a mysterious Frenchwoman who in 1871 comes to an austere Lutheran ...