Czechoslovakia, 73 min, 1967, 35mm, Dir. Miloš Forman, Not Rated, Czech with English subtitles, Janus Films

The Firemen's Ball (35mm)

Sunday, 5/6 & Tuesday, 5/8

“In 1967, the year before Soviet tanks rampaged through Czechoslovakia, Forman subtly, scathingly, used the premise of a quaint provincial party to mock the Party.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker Magazine

CGAC pays tribute to the late, great Milos Forman with the film that catapulted him to the U.S. and the Oscar-winning blockbusters (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus) that followed. A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball 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 contestants embarrass the organizers to a lottery from which nearly all the prizes are pilfered. Presumed to be a commentary on the communist system, the film was “banned forever” in Czechoslovakia following the Soviet invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America and international stardom.

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