Portuguese Cine Club: Macunaíma & Capitães de Abril

By Giulia Garoli, on 12 March 2015

Macunaima16 March 2015



Joaquim Pedro de Andrade


Foster Court 307 (Common room)

Free admission








26 March 2015Capitaes

Capitães de Abril


Maria de Medeiros


Foster Court 307 (Common room)

Free admission

Would you like to know more about these two films? Here are the links to the original posters:

Macunaima poster

Capitaes de Abril poster

For more information please visit the Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS pages

Borges Center

By Giulia Garoli, on 13 February 2015

A ‘new’ resource has been added to the Spanish Subject in Metalib: the Borges Center

Spanish Metalib
The Borges Center offers a large collection of  Criticism, which comprises freely accessible, full-text  articles, books and dissertations,  hopefully Borges scholars will find this resource interesting and useful.

The Center is not exactly new as it was founded in 1994 at the University of Aarhus, in 2005 it  moved from Denmark to the University of Iowa and finally in 2008 to its current location: the University of Pittsburgh.

Each year of Borges’ life can be browsedBorges 2, using a timeline slider: from his birth to his death in 1986 and beyond. Each year on the timeline lists material published by or about Borges;  known bibliographical materials can be crossed-referenced and new materials discovered ….of course the Main library at UCL holds just under 300 books  written by and about Borges,  I am wondering what Borges, as Librarian,  would have made of e-books…



Portuguese Cine Club: Central do Brasil – Tomorrow 22 January

By Giulia Garoli, on 21 January 2015

Central do Brasil

Walter Salles’ Central do Brasil is screened tomorrow Thursday 22 January,  as usual,  more details on times and venue can be found on the  Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS. pages.

Another free screening! Blindness by Meirelles

By Giulia Garoli, on 14 November 2014

November is indeed a New Bitmap Image bounty month for free screenings.

The latest offering comes courtesy of the Portuguese Cine club @ SPLAS.

Blindness by Fernando Meirelles will be screened on 27 November.

If you’d like to explore more films  by Meirelles, check out the DVDs collection at the Main library. The collection has been moved back to the newly refurbished issue desk  area.


Film screenings – Italian and German films

By Giulia Garoli, on 5 November 2014

Looks like November is a good month for film screenings: some of them free.

UCL’s Italian Film Club has just announced a a free screening of Leopardi. Il giovane favoloso (2014), which has just been shown at the London Film Festival, yours truly went to see it and was very impressed. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mario Martone and co-screenwriter Ippolita Di Majo and it’s chaired by Dr Beatrice Sica (UCL).

Here the details: The film screening will take place on Wednesday 19 November at 6pm in the Christopher Ingold XLG1 Chemistry LT (https://goo.gl/maps/53vxS). Please note that although the event is free of charge, ticketing is mandatory through Eventbrite (http://tinyurl.com/nklcv69)

For information, please email to c.massaccesi@ucl.ac.uk.

More screenings for this month:

Films by Helke Sander, F W Murnau,  Fatih Akin and Wolfgang Staudte,  will be screened at the British Museum . The films are shown as part of the new exhibition:   Germany – Memories of a Nation exhibition that runs from 9th to 30th November. The screenings are not free but they are definitely cheaper than your average ticket in the West End.

These screenings have been organised by the British Museum In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network , for more details please visit the liked pages.



E-resources – New trials and BFI InView

By Giulia Garoli, on 24 October 2014

There are a few new E-resources trials available from now until November or December, and while not all new trials might be relevant to the modern languages scholar they might still be of interest.  Find out more from the Electronic Resources blog.

Perhaps more relevant is the BFI InView , why not check out the 1924 silent short-film  Cosmopolitan London that shows  an Italian butcher’s shop in Soho,  French bookshop, chemist’s, wine shop and cafe bar,  and even the  Scandinavian Temperance Home, admittedly it contains some dubious expressions, which also shows how much attitudes have changed. For something more topical watch a 1989 After Dark two-parter:  Britain: out on a Limb? a ‘coffee table’ discussion on Britain’s role in Europe.





The videos can be streamed and downloaded 







Remember that if you are logging in off-campus you’ll be ask to use your UCL username and password via Single log on.

Logging in BFIInView


Low Countries History Seminars

By Vanessa Freedman, on 16 September 2014

The Institute of Historical Research will be holding a series of seminars on Low Countries History throughout the academic year, with Ulrich Tiedau and Benjamin Kaplan from UCL and Anne Goldgar from King’s College London.

Cairn and Thompson Herny e-resources – Trial

By Giulia Garoli, on 24 July 2014

Until the end of August we have a 6 weeks access to the Cairn’s General Bouquet Journal collection.

Cairn publishes e-journals,  e-books and reference works  in French, their collections cover Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences subjects such as Linguistics, Arts, Philosophy, Psychology and History.

Although content is in French,  Cairn is looking into the possibility of having articles translated from French into English and to have both versions on their platform; however this function is currently only available for selected articles.

The platform, available in French www.cairn.info and in English www.cairn-int.info,  has been designed to have a clean interface and very easy to use, but you’ll be the judge.


 Let us know what you think of this resource.

Daily politics, Mittagsmagazin on ZDF, France 24? It’s BoB National

By Giulia Garoli, on 20 May 2014

A new resource: BoB merchBoB National enables staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels,  recorded programmes are  kept indefinitely and added to the media archive.

BoB can be used for studying and teaching, allows to embed clips of programmes into Moodle; a one-click citation reference lets you to cite programmes in your work. You can set up and share your playlists.

It contains  French, German and Italian language channels, including: 3 Sat, Arte, BFM TV, France 24, Rai News 24, Tagesschau24, Canale 5, ZDF. 

Online video tutorials show how to record, create clips and more. You can also watch videos showing how subscribing institutions are using BoB National to improve their teaching, learning and research are also available.


From the abyss to the light with Dante

By Giulia Garoli, on 9 May 2014

A one-day journey (17 May 2014)  through the text of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the sessions in this workshop will explore Dante’s life and works, the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view rare and early editions from the Dante Collection of  UCL Special Collections.

There are still places available,  for UCL students and staff this workshop is free of charge but you still need to register. For more information visit the Warburg Institute website

Dante workshop