Italian Movie Night: La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

UPDATE: We were unable to show this movie as it is currently being shown at cinema’s around the city. As soon as the movie is no longer being played elsewhere we will hold our movie night for La Grande Bellezza. Keep checking our blog, Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Come and join us for our monthly movie night!

On March 18th 2014 at 7:00pm drop by the Italian Cultural Centre for a free evening of entertainment. This months Italian movie is 2014 Academy Award winner for “Best Foreign Language Film” La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) directed by Paolo Sorrentino. This movie follows the life of a successful writer by the name of Jep Gambardella, who, at the age of 65, rejects the shallowness of the the Roman high life in order to find la grande bellezza. The movie will be presented in Italian with English subtitles.

Video of Paolo Sorrentino accepting his Academy Award:

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For more great titles such as this drop by La Biblioteca to check out what else we have to offer.

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New Arrival: Rome

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Thanks to one of our staff members we now have the popular HBO series Rome, the complete first season. This box set includes all 12 episodes, a bonus features DVD and a handy character guide booklet all stored away in a neat, wooden box.

For those who don’t know what Rome is about here is a short summary and a link to the IMDB page for more information.

This series is based around ancient Rome and the fall of the Roman republic to an autocratic empire. It is an account of the civil wars that ensued through the eyes of two soldiers. It chronicles the lives of the rich, like Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) and the common soldiers such as the two main characters, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson).

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Where is “Rome” located at La Biblioteca?
-Currently located in the “New Arrivals” section but will eventually move to:
-Zone 1 DVD case (Blue)

Each DVD case gives the name of the episode, a short description of the episode and lists the writer and director of each episode. Some of the episodes have optional commentary options.

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Changes to La Biblioteca

We now have a new section in the library titled “New Arrivals”. If we have purchased any new materials whether it be DVDs or children’s books it can be found in this section.

Here is a picture of our new section but drop by and take a look for yourself.

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Il Rosso e Il Blu

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Il Rosso e Il Blu (The Red and the Blue) is a movie based around a school of struggling teenagers and burnt out teachers. The movie is situated around three different plot lines all converging on this one Italian School. The first is an older teacher (Roberto Herlitzka) that has lost his passion for teaching and life itself. The second follows the story of an unlikely friendship between the principal (Margherita Buy) and a boy who is ill and has also been abandoned by his mother. The last plot line is about an upbeat substitute teacher (Riccardo Scamarcio) who has a passion for his subject and his students attendance.

Where is “Il Rosso e Il Blu” located at La Biblioteca?
-Zone 2 DVD case (Red)
-Drama (Italian cinema section)

Other details:
-97 minutes long
-Italian and English subtitles

Also contains: backstage extras, trailer, photo gallery and directors notes

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Word Wednesday: Caramella



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La Biblioteca has a wide range of reference books to help you learn Italian. Come by for a visit!
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Buon Natale / Merry Christmas

The staff and volunteers at la biblioteca wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. We have made so many changes to the library over the last year and we hope that you will come and see us in the new year.

We are closed on Christmas day and Boxing day but we will be back open on December 27th.

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Panettone: Italian Christmas Cake

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Panettone is a classic Christmas cake that originated from Milan. In the past, panettone was made under the watchful eye of the lord of the house and if he was satisfied with the loaf he would carve a cross into the top of it. Even today, every panettone is found with a cross on top.

The origin of the word panettone is unknown, but it varies from “pan del ton” meaning “luxury bread” due to the usage of expensive flour, to “pan del Toni” which means it would be named after a the chef named Toni who saved the Prince’s Christmas banquet from burned dessert. Toni whipped up the panettone out of butter, candied fruit and scraps of dough so they were not forced to serve a dessert that had been burnt by another chef.

If eaten, it is said that it would bring the eater luck and wealth in the new year.

Preparation, baking time and resting = 3 hours (approx.)


3/4 cup (200 ml) Milk

1 1/2 oz (40g) compressed yeast OR 2 envelopes active dry yeast

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8 1/2 tbsp (125g) Butter (plus extra for greasing)

2 Eggs

2 Egg Yolks

1 pinch freshly grated Nutmeg

1 pinch Salt

3 1/2 cups (500g) flour

3/4 cup (100g) Raisins                                                                                   

1/4 cup (60 ml) Rum

1 tsp grated Lemon peel                 

2 oz (50g) candied Lemon peel, diced

2 oz (50 g) candied Orange peel, diced


Heat the milk and crumble the yeast into it. Stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar, cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Melt the butter, then stir in the eggs and egg yolks. Add the nutmeg and salt.

Sift the flour onto a work surface and make a well in the center. Add the remaining sugar, the yeast-milk mixture, and the butter-egg mixture and knead everything into a smooth, supple dough. Place it in a bowl, cover, and set aside in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

Soak the raisins in the rum for 20 minutes, then knead them into the dough along with the lemon peel and candied orange and lemon peels. Cover the dough and let it rise for another 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and grease an 8 1/2 inch (22cm) springform pan with butter. Fold a peice of parchment paper into a strip 18 inches long and 10 inches wide (45 x 25 cm). Use the strip to form a collar for the springform pan, extending the height of its sides. Fill the pan with dough and bake for 30 minutes. Cut a cross into the surface of the panettone and bake another 20 minutes. Let it cool in the pan before serving.

Where to find this recipe and more at La Biblioteca:

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Book: “Italy: The Country and its Cuisine”

Author: Ingeborg Pils and Stefan Pallmer 

Page: 465

Call #: ENG 641 PIL

Where?: English Section

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