The Firemen’s Ball (PG)

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PG, 1967, 71 mins

DIRECTOR Milos Forman

STARS Jan Vostrcil


SCREENPLAY – Miloš Forman, Ivan Passer, Jaroslav Papoušek

Venue – Bridport Art Centre

This movie is in Czech with English subtitles

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball (Horí, má panenko) is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confounded, the story chronicles a firemen’s ball where nothing goes right—from a beauty pageant whose reluctant participants embarrass the organizers to a lottery from which nearly all the prizes are pilfered. Presumed to be a commentary on the floundering Czech leadership, the film was “banned forever” in Czechoslovakia following the Russian invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America.