PG, 1967, 71 mins
DIRECTOR Milos Forman
STARS Jan Vostrcil
ORIGINAL NOVEL –
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.