The Fireman’s Ball / HORI, MA PANENKO 

The Fireman's Ball / HORI, MA PANENKO 

Dir: Milos Forman / Czechoslovakia, Italy /1967 / B&W / 71 mins / Czekh

5_the-firemans-ball_3A satirical film, the fireman’s ball’ follows a provincial volunteer fire department as they organise some fun activities for their ball. The ball gradually becomes more and more ridiculous and runs into total chaos when one of the houses in the village catches fire. The drunken firemen try unsuccessfully to drive the fire engine. The film is a satire on a town under the communist regime, and a parable about a community where one person’s failure can decide the fate of others.The movie reveals human stupidity, dullness and arrogance, as well as the empty rhetoric of questionable authority. “The Firemen’s Ball” nominated for an Oscar functioned as Milos Forman’s ticket to American  filmmaking, and thus to freedom.

5_the-firemans-ball_2Direction & Screenplay Milos Forman
Production Rudolf Hajek
Cinematography Miroslav Ondricek
Editing Miroslav Hajek
Sound Adolf Bohm Music Karel Mares
Cast Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebanek, Josef Valnoha, Frantisek Debelka,
Josef Kolb, Jan Stockl, Vratislav Cermak, Josef Rehorek