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However, watching the film, Babette's Feast, certainly changed my viewpoint. Though it didn't fully transform my view into instant admiration and outright appreciation, my viewpoint on European cinema

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Introduction

Babette's Feast Like probably most of the people in our class, I grew up watching and enjoying Hollywood movies and have never really tried to appreciate European cinema. I initially thought of it as something boring or something that required too much analysis and interpretation that it took the "fun" part out of watching a movie. However, watching the film, Babette's Feast, certainly changed my viewpoint. Though it didn't fully transform my view into instant admiration and outright appreciation, my viewpoint on European cinema definitely changed from indifference to curiosity and interest. As I was watching the film, instead of getting bored or sleepy from the slow-paced scenes, I found myself wanting to know the message and meaning of the story behind the seemingly simple plot. Because of the film's simplicity and subtle pacing, I became more aware of the symbolisms and deeper meanings found in the film. ...read more.

Middle

Their lives are devoid of excitement and passion and the original dream of their religious group is growing as old and tired as the members themselves. Another symbolism to be found is when Babette was washing the windows. Perhaps it symbolized how Babette let the light and beauty of the outside world into the dark interior of the sisters' house, and eventually to the sisters' dreary lives. It shows how Babette offers these people a chance for them to take on life in a new perspective. The candle snuffed out in the end symbolizes the end of the feast and perhaps the end of the dull and dreary lives of the sisters and their community. It signifies the transformation that took place during the feast and its impact on the people involved, signifying change and hope for the people's lives to be lighted anew. ...read more.

Conclusion

In a way, the General has helped open the minds of the followers to the bodily appetite aside from the spiritual appetite, and how these intertwined during the feast. His speech on mercy, truth, righteousness and bliss, basically summed up the transformation and epiphany that the group encountered during the meal. They discover, each in his or her own way, that life has meaning, that it is worthwhile, and that it is beautiful. The film's slow pacing is a far cry from the fast-paced Hollywood movies that I've gotten used to. There are no formulaic or stereotypical characters that are staples in Hollywood movies. This film depicts life as it is and shows people as they are. There are no special effects or fancy camera tricks to distract the viewer from the story. From its simple setting and dialogue, to its uncomplicated cinematography, one is compelled to focus on the story itself and how each scene unfolds and to appreciate the meaning and significance of each. ...read more.

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