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

New accessions: March 2014

By Giulia Garoli, on 23 April 2014

Good news, most of the titles for the ‘Reading Tintin’ module have arrived. All things Hergé and Tintin have, now, their own classification FRENCH R 306; la bande dessineé is under FRENCH A 63.

Here below are some of the new titles:

Pour une lecture moderne de la bande dessinée editors Jan Baetens and Pascal Lefèvre. Bruxelles: Centre belge de la bande dessinée, c1993.

La bande dessinée by Jean-Bruno Renard, Paris: Seghers, c1978

The metamorphoses of Tintin, or, Tintin for adults by Jean-Marie Apostolidès; translated by Jocelyn Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.

Tintin and the secret of literature by  Tom McCarthy, London: Granta, 2006.

Lire Tintin: les bijoux ravis, by  Benoît Peeters. Bruxelles: Impressions nouvelles, c2007.

To recommend or suggest  a new book or resource,  for the library to purchase, you can contact your Librarian directly or fill the online form