BFI Classics: Babettes Feast - Softcover


  • On the face of it, Gabriel Axel's Babette's Feast (1989) is a film in which the eyes – and mouths – of religious zealots are opened to the glories of the sensual world
  • It is a critique of what Nietzsche called life-denying religion in favour of life-affirming sensuality. But to view the film in that way is to get it profoundly wrong
  • In his study of the film, Julian Baggini argues that Babette's Feast is not about the battle between religiosity and secularity but a deep examination of how the two can come together
  • Baggini's analysis focuses on themes of love, pleasure, artistry and grace, to provide a rich philosophical reading of this most sensual of films

Pages: 96

Published: September 2020

Size (cm): 18.8 x 13.5 x 0.7

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