Laura Morgan
July 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Firemen's Ball

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
73 minutes
performer
Josef Svet, Vaclav Stockel
director
Milos Forman
distributor
Home Vision Cinema
author
Milos Forman
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it a B+

When a local Czech firemen’s association throws a party, it’s decorum that goes up in flames. Beauty queens are literally dragged to the stage, charity raffle prizes are pilfered, and bawdy couples get it on in the lovably ludicrous comedy The Firemen’s Ball — which was nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar — from director Milos Forman (Man on the Moon). The broadly played film is clearly a satire, but, at the time of its release, 40,000 Czech firefighters resigned in protest. B+

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