The Firemen's Ball
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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, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The nonprofessional actors, hammy slapstick and overwrought politics make it a better conversation piece than viewing experience."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"The last film of Czech Milos Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)before leaving his country for the U.S. was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Once banned in its country of origin, this allegorical comedy is scathing and downright hilarious."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"should be a one-joke political satire, but Forman brings a level of humanity to the allegorical meltdown that belies its sharply barbed political intentions"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Milos Forman and his co-writers knew they were making a dangerous movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A lively but gross satire by Czech writer-director Milos Forman."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Works most impressively as a political artifact."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A work of genius"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The Party, the People, and the flames that won't be extinguished"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A text book art movie from a young rebel."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"...the film strikes deeper chords and reminds us how important artistic freedom is to any lover of cinema"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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