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Babette’s Feast - electric shadows in the cathedral

Introduced by the Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

Film critic David Thomson describes cinema as ‘electric shadows in the cathedral’. It comes from the Chinese transliteration of ‘cinema’ which is literally ‘electric shadows’: ‘in the cathedral’ adds gravitas and a sense of wonder. It was a fitting name for this new series of films.

We are grateful to the guest speakers from across Bristol who will be introducing the films, pulling out theological themes and strands, the better to engage with the film which follows.

The series is as diverse and surprising as a meeting of cinema and faith should be, and we hope that if you are of any faith, or of none, whether you have seen the films before, or this is your introduction to them, you are able to take away something more from these screenings. 


Babette's Feast (1987)

About the film

Beautiful but pious sisters Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, 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 family's dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.

About the speaker

The Dean is head of the Cathedral Foundation, he chairs the Cathedral Chapter, and with the Chapter directs the mission and ministry of the cathedral. He exercises leadership in the cathedral's worship, preaching and prayer. He represents the cathedral in the diocese and is a crucial important point of contact between the city and the diocese. He is the senior priest in the diocese and shares in the Bishop's oversight of the diocese. 

Tickets are £9, and include a glass of wine or juice, and nibbles.

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