Friday, January 10, 2014

Follow Friday - “Die Feuerzangenbowle" WHAT???

Editor's note:  Today's post by Sandra Gardner-Benward, written by Sacrametno German-American Cultural Center-Library

  Are you German or have German Ancestry?
......... you may enjoy this event.

It is the ninth year that the Turn Verein's German-American Cultural Center – Library, has presented – obviously by popular demand – the film, “Die Feuerzangenbowle."  And would you believe that this German film (now with English subtitles) is now 70 years old, and that the custom of the Feuerzangenbowle drink (we might call it “burnt punch”) is much older?

The film stars a favorite German actor of the 1940s, Heinz Rühmann, playing the role of a university professor with a doctorate degree.  When he and his  friends, all in their 60s and 70s, get together to indulge in the heart-warming Feuerzangenbowle drink, they get carried away by telling stories of their school years, remembering all the nasty tricks they played on their teachers when they were young.

In Germany today, “Die Feuerzangenbowle” is a cult film.  Whenever it is ready to be shown, university students prepare by gathering up manual alarm clocks, flashlights, and small bits of paper, which they crumple into spitballs, to be put to work at the appropriate times, as dictated by the film.

University students in Germany today bring their mulled hot wine with them in thermos bottles, but we're going to do it up right at the Turn Verein by serving you the very same wine drink that you see warming beneath the flame of the Feuerzangenbowle in the first scene of this film.

About halfway through the film, we'll pause to let you enjoy both the visual delight and taste  of the glowing and steaming Feuerzangenbowle.  Then we'll return to watch the remainder of the movie. You'll find this to be an experience you won't soon forget!


What: The showing of the 1944 film, "Die Feuerzangenbowle," with English subtitles

When: Friday, January 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Join us!

Where: In the Banquet Hall of the Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, Sacramento

Admission: $15.00, which includes refreshments and the Feuerzangenbowle drink itself, with seconds if you like. (Other beverages will be available for purchase. No alcoholic drinks will be served to minors.)

The famous punch: Warmed and spiced red wine, into which sugar drips from a Zuckerhut (a German sugar loaf) soaked in rum, and set alight – a beautiful sight, especially when the lights are turned down. (You'll see!)

Wikipedia for more information on the movie

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