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A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman's first color film The Firemen's Ball (Horí, má panenko) 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.
This may be an unknown classic for many, but it deserves to be known by millions. I first watched this film on regular TV in the 60's.
I couldn't keep my eyes off it. Read more
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Released three months before the Soviet crackdown on the progressive Dubček administration in Czechoslovakia, Milos Forman... Read more
Ignore anybody who tells you you can't enjoy this movie unless you know what was going on in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. That's pompous, ignorant bull. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by J. Martin
It can be hard to judge a film like `Hori, ma Panenko' if one has not lived through the Czechoslovakian communism that is so obviously the brunt of the humor and criticisms present... Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by Andrew Ellington
I decided to fast forward Milos Foreman's statement which proceeds the picture after hearing him say that 40,000 Czech fireman resigned in protest to his film. Read morePublished on November 10, 2007 by Aco
Milos Forman's 'fireman's ball' is a classic among political satires.. It is remarkable that a film so subtle would be condemned by the czech government. Read morePublished on January 26, 2007 by Stalwart Kreinblaster
Hori, ma panenko (Firemen's Ball) is perhaps the finest example of the fresh, amusing, and humane style of the Czech New Wave. Read morePublished on September 16, 2006 by Julian G.