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An Artist Is Never Poor: 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.


Painting mentioned, Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog

Music: The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission.

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

Thomas is Director of Podcasts for and hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

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