The Firemen’s Ball Film Still

The Firemen’s Ball

Miloš Forman

 
The Firemen’s Ball (Criterion DVD)

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  • Czechoslovakia
  • 1967
  • 73 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Czech
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  • Spine #145

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film The Firemen’s Ball (Horí, má panenko) 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 participants embarrass the organizers to a lottery from which nearly all the prizes are pilfered. Presumed to be a commentary on the floundering Czech leadership, the film was “banned forever” in Czechoslovakia following the Russian invasion and prompted Forman’s move to America.

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Video interview with director Milos Forman
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the transfer process, featuring cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, and comments from Milos Forman
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by James Tung

Film Essays

The Firemen’s Ball

By J. Hoberman February 11, 2002

The last, best, and funniest movie Milos Forman would make in his native Czechoslovakia, The Firemen’s Ball is a deceptively simple miniature. This 73-minute movie, its premise scarcely more . . . Read more »

Film Essays

The Firemen’s Ball

By J. Hoberman February 11, 2002

The last, best, and funniest movie Milos Forman would make in his native Czechoslovakia, The Firemen’s Ball is a deceptively simple miniature. This 73-minute movie, its premise scarcely more . . . Read more »