Wie auch schon in den letzten Jahren haben wir zum gemütlichen Jahresausklang mit dem OV Washington am Samstag, 7. Dezember in Washington D.C. eingeladen. Wir haben den Klassiker "Die Feuerzangenbowle" beim Genuss des gleichnamigen Getränks gezeigt. 


The Movie (English)

The story starts with a group of distinguished people sitting around a Feuerzangenbowle. They start discussing the pranks and fun they had at school when it turns out that one of them, Dr Johannes Pfeiffer (played by Heinz Rühmann), didn't attend a public school and never experienced these joys with his private teacher. In the mood brought about by the drink, they decide that the famous author is to be sent to a small town and to go to school there for some time. After changing his hair-style and shaving off his beard, Heinz Rühmann looks quite like the other pupils, which is rather surprising since he was 42 years old when the film was made. So Dr Pfeiffer attends this school, plays all the pranks and has an enormous amount of fun while also falling in love with a pupil from the nearby girls' school.

Die Feuerzangenbowle (German)
Bei einer Feuerzangenbowle erzählt sich eine Herrenrunde Geschichten aus ihrer Schulzeit. Der erfolgreiche junge Schriftsteller Dr. Johannes Pfeiffer (Heinz Rühmann) beneidet seine Freunde um den Spaß, den sie in der Schule hatten. Ihm selbst blieb solches versagt, da er von einem Hauslehrer erzogen wurde. Seine Freunde beschließen daraufhin, ihn als Schüler zu verkleiden und für ein paar Wochen eine „richtige" Schule besuchen zu lassen, ein Gymnasium in der kleinen Stadt Babenberg.

The Cult
The movie has developed into a cult over the years and just about every student cinema will show this film a couple of weeks before Christmas. Usually they screen it a number of times, unlike many other films. For a successful evening you will need a flashlight and an alarm clock - a mechanical one that goes 'rrriiinnnggg' rather than an electronic one going 'beep'. Now, every time the alarm clock rings in the movie, you ring your own. The flashlight will be necessary for the scene in the movie where Pfeiffer helps one of his friends in a history class by reflecting sunlight off his watch onto the map.

4 Oranges
1 Lemon
1 bottle of rum (54%)

Peel all the fruit, separate the flesh and place the segments in a bowl. Add rum to cover the fruit, put a lid on the bowl, and let it sit until the day of the Feuerzangenbowle. If a weaker effect is desired, skip the bit about soaking the fruit.

For the Bowle itself you will need:

4-5 bottles of red wine
1 bottle of rum (54%)
4 cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 cone of sugar
A Feuerzange

Pour the wine into a big pot and add the cinnamon and the cloves. Add the rum-soaked fruit, saving the rum. Heat the mixture to a temperature at which it starts steaming. Place the Feuerzange over the pot and place the cone on it horizontally, not upright. Now use a large scoop to douse the cone with rum. When the cone is nicely soaked, dim the light and ignite the sugar. You will be treated to a nice display of blue flames and of bits of molten, burning sugar dripping into the wine. Continue to pour rum onto the cone until it's fully molten and has disappeared into the wine. Remove the Feuerzange once all the flames have died down and serve the Feuerzangenbowle in mugs. The mixture of hot wine, rum and sugar ensures an immediate feeling of warmth and relaxation for the consumer. This makes it the perfect drink for a cold winter night.