BABETTE’S FEAST
BABETTES GÆSTEBUD
1987, Janus Films, 103 min, Denmark, Dir: Gabriel Axel

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 true 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-19th-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.


CHICKEN WITH VINEGAR
POULET AU VINAIGRE
1985, Cohen Film, 110 min, France, Dir: Claude Chabrol

Unorthodox detective Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is called to a provincial French town after a prank turns deadly in this underrated mystery flecked with sly humor. In French with English subtitles.


THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE
1972, Rialto Pictures, 102 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

This later Luis Buñuel masterpiece and 1973 Best Foreign-Language Oscar winner is a return to the subversive director’s Surrealist roots and a showcase for his scrumptiously satirical wit. A sextet of upper-class friends (including Fernando Rey, Stéphane Audran, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel) attempt to dine together but are continually stalled by a streaming series of vaudevillian events, both real and dreamed. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.


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