KFF 2018. Format's last film in his native Czech, and yet another satirical critique of totalitarianism, this time more "classic" in style. Constructed by allegorical sequences and settings (retired dean, thefts, chaotic contests...), it is an ambitious attempt to extend its political and cultural signification, to universal values and human sensations.
Directed by Milos Forman, The Firemen's Ball is a film that illustrates the failings of bureaucracy & authority in their totality. Although Forman's film may seem anti-leftist to some, it illustrates how society & civilization can fail the people, become corrupt, & how nationalism & its resulting obedience breeds false rewards & does a disservice to the community. A universal achievement & an anarchic masterpiece.
Una película que respira sátira. Un grupo de bomberos haciendo un homenaje a uno de los suyos que termina tan accidentado como la misma integridad por sus oficios. Forman proyecta a modo de anécdota. Es el encuentro tan planificado como improvisado. En la escena no hay un Sellers o un Tati aguando la fiesta. Es más bien como si todos se forzaran por tirarla abajo. Desde una rifa hasta un incendio.
The farcical nature of communist era institutions, and their inability to maintain a realistic grasp on reality, despite pretensions of powers, is wonderfully portrayed in Forman's allegorical satire. Essentially a committee of old mildly corrupt men attempt to organize a celebration for the enjoyment of all. Less dark and introspective than Foreman's other Czech masterpiece Loves of a Blonde, but likely funnier.
Honesty is a stolen headcheese bouncing across a barren prize table. Lust is a last-minute unsolicited bathing suit in a local beauty contest. Sex is a defeated pearl necklace that topples an elephant. And being old means drinking, laughing, stealing, fighting and dancing (with an over-protective mother so your buddies can ogle boobs). This film is joy itself.