18 April 1918|
|Died||9 February 2014
Bagsværd (near Copenhagen), Denmark
|Occupation||Film director, actor, writer, producer|
Born in Århus, Denmark, on April 18, 1918, Axel spent most of his childhood in France, and returned to Denmark to train as an actor at the Royal Danish Theatre. After spending some years in Paris, working with the Louis Jouvet theatre ensemble, Axel concentrated his efforts on directing for the theatre, television and cinema in Denmark.
With some 16 feature films to his credits Axel returned to France where he directed several large projects for television, which brought him a number of distinguished honours.
In 1988, Gabriel Axel won an Academy Award for his Danish feature film Babette's Feast, an adaptation of the Isak Dinesen novel. Considered his masterpiece, it took Axel 14 years to complete the project.
His other films include the popular comedy Familien Gyldenkål (1975) and its sequel; a series of sexually oriented features including the campaigning Det kære legetøj (1968) which advocated the legalisation of pornography in Denmark; as well as a series of Shakespearean Viking dramas, including Den røde kappe (1967), which received the Grand Prix de la Technique at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival.
- Altid ballade (1955)
- En kvinde er overflødig (1957)
- The Girls Are Willing (1958)
- Helle for Helene (1959)
- Flemming og Kvik (1960)
- Crazy Paradise (1962)
- Oskar (1962)
- Vi har det jo dejligt (1963)
- Three Girls in Paris (1963)
- Paradise and Back (1964)
- Hagbard and Signe (1967)
- Det kære legetøj (1968)
- Amour (1970)
- Med kærlig hilsen (1971)
- Familien Gyldenkål (1975)
- Familien Gyldenkål sprænger banken (1976)
- Going for Broke (1977)
- Babette's Feast (1987)
- Christian (1989)
- Prince of Jutland (1994)
- Lumière and Company (1995)
- Leïla (2001)
- Ronald Bergan Obituary: Gabriel Axel, The Guardian, 10 February 2014
- "Babette's Feast director Gabriel Axel dies". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
- "Festival de Cannes: Hagbard and Signe". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- "Filminstruktøren Gabriel Axel er død". Danmarks Radio. Retrieved 2014-02-10.