The Firemen’s Ball
A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) last film before his forced exile to the US 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 organisers 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.
This screening will be introduced by Des O'Rawe, Film Studies at Queen's.
Dir: Miloš Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1968, 73 mins., PG
THE OTHER '68: Alternative Takes on Turbulent Times
In the history of cinema, 1968 is often associated with images of students rioting in Paris, the assassination of Martin Luther King, the escalation of war in Vietnam, and the wider culture of protest and civic activism. QFT, in partnership with Film Studies at Queen’s, presents a short season exploring some contemporary films that have a more oblique – but no less significant – relationship with the upheavals of ‘68.
Part of Uprising: Spirit of ’68, a season supported by funds from the National Lottery, led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI UK Film Audience Network.