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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Czechoslovakia | Italy

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

29 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in In the Shadow of Hollywood (2000) See more »

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From Me to you
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Played by the band at the ball
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A masterpiece indeed.
15 December 2009 | by drviolinSee all my reviews

This film is great taken at face value. One does not really need to know anything about Czechoslovakia or the time period to appreciate its brilliance, the same way one does not need to know much about Medieval Denmark to appreciate Shakespeare's Hamlet. Therefore, I wish some of you here would refrain from making all kinds of clever comments about communism or how this film attempts to ridicule it. It's a simple story that is both hilarious and tragic, and it could have taken place anywhere. After all, human greed, dishonesty and stupidity are all around us. It just so happens this film was made in Czechoslovakia in 1967 by a Czech director, but the message is universal, and that is what makes it so great. So, to those of you who try read a whole bunch of stuff into it, please drop the condescending western attitude and just enjoy this gem of a movie without analyzing it too much.


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