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The Firemen's Ball

 

 

Original title:
Hori, má panenko
Slovenian title:
Gori, gospodična
Section:
RETRO: CZECH NEW WAVE

Country, year:
Czechoslovakia, 1967
Length:
73

Directed by:
Miloš Forman

Screenplay:
Miloš Forman, Jaroslav Papoušek, Ivan Passer
Cinematography:
Miroslav Ondříček
Music:
Karel Mareš
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Czech
Voting code:
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Cast:
Jan Vostrcil (vodja odbora), Josef Šebánek, Josef Valnoha, František Debelka, Vratislav Cermák, Josef Rehorek, Václav Novotný, František Reinstein, František Paska (clani odbora), Josef Kolb (Josef), Jan Stöckl (upokojeni poveljnik gasilcev), Stanislav Holubec (Karel), Josef Kutálek (Ludva)
Awards:
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DateHourLocation 
Sat, 10.11.2018 17:00 Slovenian Cinematheque
Thu, 15.11.2018 19:15 Slovenian Cinematheque

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Description:
A black comedy, The Firemen's Ball is a timeless allegory of human stupidity, narrow-mindedness and arrogance, and the empty rhetoric of questionable authorities.

An annual firemen's ball and a beauty pageant take place in a secluded Czech village: the plot depicts a series of disasters that occur during the evening, causing trouble to members of the volunteer fire department. When finally securing enough raffle prizes, lights suddenly go out in the auditorium and all the prizes vanish from the table.

"The first public preview of "The Firemen's Ball" was scheduled for Vrchlabi. The cultural communist sympathizers chose the place because they figured that the Vrchlabi folks would feel ridiculed once they saw the way I portrayed them on the screen. /.../ When the discussion started, the first of the Party plants rose and gave this by-the-numbers speech about how the film insulted the working people. He finished and one of the firemen /.../ raised his hand. Mr. Novotny got up. "Well, I don't know, comrades, I just don't know. This comrade says this is an insult to us, and maybe it is, but do you people remember when Jira's goat shed caught fire? And we were all drinking in the tavern? And how by the time we finally staggered out there, we forgot the nozzles? /.../. I still remember how Jira's goat burned up. Hell, we don't even look that bad in this movie." (Miloš Forman)

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