The Firemen's Ball (1968)
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Firemen's Ball was Czechoslovakian director Milos Forman's final film in his home country; he was scouting locations in Paris when the Russians moved their tanks into Prague in 1968 causing Forman to decide to remain an expatriate. Because of the supercharged political climate of the era, critics read all sorts of allegory and hidden meanings into the Firemen's Ball. Other critics simply accepted the film as the slapsticky tale of a disastrous small-town celebration in honor of a retiring fire
Sep 29, 1968 Limited
Feb 12, 2002
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The nonprofessional actors, hammy slapstick and overwrought politics make it a better conversation piece than viewing experience.
Milos Forman and his co-writers knew they were making a dangerous movie.
The last film of Czech Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)before leaving his country for the U.S. was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
A text book art movie from a young rebel.
Once banned in its country of origin, this allegorical comedy is scathing and downright hilarious.
...the film strikes deeper chords and reminds us how important artistic freedom is to any lover of cinema
should be a one-joke political satire, but Forman brings a level of humanity to the allegorical meltdown that belies its sharply barbed political intentions
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