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Babette’s Feast (1987)

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James and Thomas discuss Babette’s Feast, an Oscar-winning religious classic directed by Gabriel Axel. (It’s apparently Pope Francis’s favorite film.)

Two elderly sisters in a small Danish village have spent their lives praying, caring for the poor, and tending to the small, quasi-Puritan sect founded by their late father. When their French cook, Babette, asks if she can make a feast in honor of their father’s centenary, their faith is challenged and their souls are enlivened by the revelation that beauty too is a means by which God draws us closer to Him.

Next time, we will be discussing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001:A Space Odyssey.

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Painting mentioned, Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderer_above_the_Sea_of_Fog

Music: The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is a stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, holding a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. He is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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