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The Firemen's Ball (1967)

Horí, má panenko (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 29 September 1968 (USA)
A volunteer fire department throws a party for their former boss with the whole town invited, but nothing goes as planned.

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Milos Forman

Writers:

Milos Forman (screenplay), Jaroslav Papousek (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Vostrcil ... Head of Committee
Josef Sebánek ... Committee Member #2
Josef Valnoha Josef Valnoha ... Committee Member
Frantisek Debelka Frantisek Debelka ... Committee Member #1
Josef Kolb Josef Kolb ... Josef
Jan Stöckl Jan Stöckl ... Retired Fire Chief
Vratislav Cermák Vratislav Cermák ... Committee Member
Josef Rehorek Josef Rehorek ... Committee Member #4
Václav Novotný Václav Novotný ... Committee Member
Frantisek Reinstein Frantisek Reinstein ... Committee Member
Frantisek Paska Frantisek Paska ... Committee Member
Stanislav Holubec Stanislav Holubec ... Karel
Josef Kutálek Josef Kutálek ... Ludva
Frantisek Svet Frantisek Svet ... Old Man
Ladislav Adam Ladislav Adam ... Committee Member
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Storyline

The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned. Someone is stealing the prizes to the lottery and the candidates for the Miss Fire-Department beauty contest are neither willing nor particularly beautiful. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Barevná komedie, v níz se tancí, krade a hasí. (A colorful comedy, in which people dance, steal and extinguish the fire.) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

29 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Firemen's Ball and Lottery See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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From Me to you
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Funny but awkward
17 February 2008 | by charchukSee all my reviews

It's a pretty funny and witty slapstick comedy, until you realize that you're laughing at the objectification of women and the corruptness of bureaucracy. So, in that sense, it's a pretty sly sociopolitical commentary. So sly, in fact, that you don't even notice it in the film. You've got to read up on it to figure out what Forman was making fun of, and even then he denies any meaning behind the humour. The non-actors and natural dialogue add to the absurdity of the situations, and the end's got a similar sharp veer towards tragedy as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In fact, the humour in both films is the same, as what you're laughing at really shouldn't be that funny at all, but it is. Overall, this is a light but deep (if that makes any sense) product of the Czechoslovak New Wave, and it's definitely worth a watch.


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