">Name: Czech social comedy "The Firemen's Ball" censored
Artist: Milos Forman
Confronting Bodies: Czech communist government
Date of Action: 1967-1968, 1973, 1989
Specific Location: Czekoslovakia (Czech Republic)
Description of Artwork: "The Firemen's Ball" is about exactly that: a dance organized by firemen. At this dance a beauty competition and a raffle are going to be held. The two main developments in the movie occur when the raffle prizes are stolen and when they try, unsuccessfully, to hold the beauty competition. As chaos ensues a fire alarm goes off and the brigade fails to put out the fire, leaving a man homeless. The film ends with the homeless man and the fireman whose job it was to make sure nothing was stolen standing on a snow covered bedstead beside a wastebasket with a discarded cross in it. This social comedy can be interpreted politically in many ways.
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