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The Firemen's Ball (Hori, ma panenko)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Release Date:September 29, 1968
Running time:71 minutes
Cast:Josef Kolb, Marie Jezkova, Jan Vostrail, Josef Sebanek, Frantisek Debelka
Director:Milos Forman
Producer:Rudolf Hájek
Writer:Milos Forman, Jaroslav Papousek
Distributor:Cinema V

Description: 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 chief, and laughed accordingly.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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