The Firemen’s Ball (Hoří, má panenko)

Location: Smitty B G13

Join the Slavic Studies DUG for a film screening of Miloš Forman’s masterpiece “The Firemen’s Ball” (Hoří, má panenko). Professor Levitsky will give an introduction to the film!

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman’s first color film “The Firemen’s Ball” 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.

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