Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Chandler Film Society presents “Babette’s Feast”

Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—The Chandler Film Society will present the Oscar-winning Danish film “Babette’s Feast” on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Based on a short story by Isak Dinesen, Gabriel Axel’s film is the second of the Film Society’s movies about food. It tells the story of pious sisters Martine and Philippa, who grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland. Philippa’s former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook. Babette’s lavish celebratory banquet tempts the town’s dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.
Vincent Canby, writing in his 1987 review, called the film “a very handsome movie that does justice to the precision of the Dinesen prose, to the particularity of her concerns and to the ironies that so amused her.”
Film scholar Rick Winston will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward. This season, the film society is showing four pairings of two films each. For the Political Issues theme, Michael Moore’s film “Where to Invade Next” and “The Manchurian Candidate” were shown. The first film of the Food pairing, shown in November, was “Big Night.” The spring will bring two big screen films, beginning with “Life of Pi” on Jan. 15, and two Westerns.
Admission is $9 per person, and the doors open at 6 p.m. for light refreshments. For more information, contact Emily Crosby at or 802-431-0204.
Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.

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