Gabriel Axel, RIP

He was the director of Babette’s Feast and he just passed away at age 95.  What stuck with me most from that movie, and what is one of my favorite sentences ever, Axel himself cited upon receiving an Oscar:

Mr. Axel was a week shy of his 70th birthday when he took the podium in Los Angeles in April 1988 to accept the award. After saying his thank-yous, he quoted a line from his film: “Because of this evening, I have learned, my dear, that in this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible.”

The obituary is here.


What's so great about that quote?

Does the pregnant pause and the "my dear" make it profound rather than childishly inane?

well, you kind of have to see the movie.

“We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.” G.K. Chesterton

The Story was written by Karen Blixen

Why do Danes make such great movies? It's a small country. Most similar small countries don't seem to make half as many good movies as the Danes.

Heavy government investment in movie making. Also, there's a lot of path dependence; once you have a Gabriel Axel or a Lars von Trier, it keeps rolling...

Ha. What say, our blog's resident government haters? :)

Danes are simply superior human beings...

Another thing that helps is that Europeans who want to produce dumb action movies tend to move to Hollywood rather than staying home. Germany doesn't get blamed for Uwe Boll's stinkers, for example.

Per capita I think Danes produce far better movies than Germans.

Actually, I think the Germans have had a strong showing the last couple of years. Das Weisse Band is one of my favourite films, ever (I know Haneke is Austrian, but his films are very German). How it failed to win the Oscar for best foreign film is beyond me.

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