9.09.2010

Helmut Weiss' Feuerzangenbowle

 (a still from the 1944 German film Feuerzangenbowle showing the
dark wine at the bottom of the glass bowl and the flaming sugar cone--
mostly disintegrated by now--held by a pair of rotating tongs
resting on the rim of the bowl)

Another wonderful offering from Vera of Holland regarding an old-fashioned hot wine punch called Feuerzangenbowle ("fire tongs punch") as depicted in a film directed by Helmut Weiss and named after the punch. The clip is in German, and I have no idea what these men are saying, although the fact that they are getting slowly tanked on the Feurzangenbowle seems to be the point of the scene (and maybe the whole movie as well, judging from its title).

According to the film's Wikipedia entry--
the story is based on a book of the same name and follows the book closely as author Spoerl also wrote the script for the movie. Both tell the story of a famous writer going undercover as a student at a small town secondary school after his friends tell him that he missed out on the best part of growing up by being educated at home. The story in the book takes place during the time of the Wilhelminian Empire in Germany. The movie was produced and released in Germany during the last years of World War II and has been called a "masterpiece of timeless, cheerful escapism." The movie stars Heinz Rühmann in the role of the student Hans Pfeiffer, which is remarkable as Rühmann was already 42 years old at that time.
Here are Vera's thoughts:
In some research I found the film  Feuerzangenbowle  with the very famous German actor Heinz Rühmann.  (I recognised his voice immediately because I saw many films with him as a prominent figure.)  I have often tasted this punch because my Grandmother made it. She called it Krambamboli which is the old name. I also found the recipe for the way this drink is made (it is written in German).
Oh ho ho. It's so jolly fun to make Feuerzangenbowle! We are old and tipsy and German. 
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much Adrian for this post and your extra's in it! Hope to be able to contribute more in the near future!

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