Indie focus:Czech New Wave

The FiremEn’s Ball

同場加映 Screening with

Magnificent obsession

5/5(三Wed) 7:30pm

Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

購票 Ticketing
導演 Director
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman
捷克 Czech|1967|71分鐘min|彩色Colour
捷克語對白,英文字幕 In Czech with English subtitles


Czech New Wave stalwart Milos Forman’s last film before his exile to the United States is a masterpiece in the tradition of absurdist humor. In a small Czechoslovak town, the fire department is holding a ball in order to raise money for their former chairman. Yet the rigid hierarchical culture and hollow spirit of solidarity have turned the ball into an unstoppable farce. From a rigged beauty pageant with unwilling participants to a raffle whose prizes are stolen, the party builds up to a climatic meltdown of the ages. Banned in Czechoslovakia for years, this black comedy is widely seen as the perfect satire of the communist state’s bureaucratic mindset. The film exposes how people can only respond to the authority’s absurd mandates with deceit and hypocrisy. Although Forman’s boisterous comedy is a merciless takedown of communist culture, the filmmaker has also shown a soft spot for the insignificant proletariat beneath his scorn for human greed.

導演介紹 Director Biography
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman

1932年於恰斯拉夫(現捷克)出生,並於納粹德國的極權統治下失去雙親。1956年於捷克電影電視學院(FAMU)編劇系畢業,職業生涯初期主要擔任編劇及助理導演,憑首部長篇電影《黑彼德》(1963)一舉奪得瑞士盧卡諾影展的最高榮譽金帆獎(Vela d’oro),《黑彼德》亦成為捷克新浪潮的開山作之一。其後的作品《金髮女郎之戀》(1965)及《消防員舞會》(1967)雖接連入圍奧斯卡最佳外語片,後者卻被官方永久禁播。1968年蘇聯入侵捷克之際移居美國,在當地繼續電影事業,並藉《飛越瘋人院》(1975)和《莫札特傳》(1984),兩度獲得奧斯卡最佳導演的殊榮。2018年於美國康乃狄克州逝世。

Miloš Forman was born in 1932 in Cáslav, Czechoslovakia. He lost his parents under the Nazi occupation. In 1956, he graduated from Prague Film School (FAMU) and worked as a writer and assistant director thereafter. His first feature film, Black Peter (1963), was acknowledged as one of the pioneering works of the Czech New Wave and awarded the Golden Sail (Vela d’oro) at the Locarno International Film Festival. Subsequently, Loves of a Blonde (1965), and The Firemen's Ball (1967) continued to receive international recognitions, as both were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, albeit the latter was permanently banned in Czechoslovakia. In the face of the imminent invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets in 1968, he fled to America. There he enjoyed an eminent career, twice winning the title of Best Director at the Academy Awards with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). In 2018, he passed away in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 86.