The Firemen’s Ball


Dir. Milos Forman (1967).
Released at the height of the Prague Spring and immediately banned, Milos Forman’s funniest, subtlest, and most political film focuses on a benefit staged by a group of inept, officious, mildly corrupt volunteer firefighters. It’s impossible to miss the parallel between them and the then leading segment of Czech society.

Fri., March 25, 3 p.m., 2011