Gabriel Axel

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Danish writer-director Gabriel Axel is perhaps best recalled for his biggest international success, the Academy Award-winning drama "Babette's Feast" (1987), but he had a long career as an actor, director and writer in ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1918 in Århus, , DK

Filmography

Director (10)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Christian 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Babette's Feast 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Alt paa et Braet 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Familien Gyldenkaal 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Med Kaerlig Hilsen 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Danish Blue 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Mantle 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Golden Mountains 1957 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Christian 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Babette's Feast 1988 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Med Kaerlig Hilsen 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Danish Blue 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Red Mantle 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Danish Blue 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Danish writer-director Gabriel Axel is perhaps best recalled for his biggest international success, the Academy Award-winning drama "Babette's Feast" (1987), but he had a long career as an actor, director and writer in both film, television and the theater until his retirement following the experimental dialogue-free drama "Leïla" (2001).

EDUCATION

Danish National Conservatory

enrolled in 1935

Milestones

2001

Co-wrote (with Bettina Howitz) and directed "Laila the Pure/Laila den rene"

1994

Directed the three-hour "The Prince of Jutland", a drama about the life of Danish prince Amled, purportedly the model for Shakespeare's "Hamlet"; fell ill during editing and was unable to complete post-production; Miramax acquired the rights and recut the

1993

Helmed "Christian", about a young man who attempts to find meaning in life after his girlfriend leaves him

1987

Directed perhaps his best-known feature, "Babette's Feast", which won Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award; first Danish film to be so honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1977

Had a success with the made-for-French-television movie "La Ronde de nuit/The Night Watch"

1970

Penned the screenplay for "Love Me Darling/Med kaerlig hilsen"; also directed

1968

Served as both writer and director on "Danish Blue"

1967

Played leading role in "The Reluctant Sadist"

1967

Wrote and directed "The Red Mantle/Den Rode kappe", an adaptation of an Icelandic saga

1958

First internationally released feature "Golden Mountains/Guld og gronne skove"

1956

Enjoyed success with TV adaptation of Danish novel "Er kvinde er overflodig/A Woman Is Superfluous", starring Clara Pontoppodian; remade as a feature film with same star the following year

1951

Directorial debut, the Danish TV production "Doden/Death"

1944

After WWII, returned to France where he joined the Paris theater company of Louis Jouvet as a stagehand and actor

In the early 1950s, appeared in several Danish films as an actor

Directed series of light comedies

Returned to Denmark in the early 1950s

Worked as an actor in Copenhagen boulevard theater where he made his directing debut

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