The Firemen's Ball

Director: Milos Forman
Year Released: 1967
Rating: 3.0

Some people have it in for this, but I found it to be subversively droll: a group of firemen host a ball that is slowly ruined by the lack of ethics by the guests and the irresponsibility of the firemen themselves - deeper metaphors reflect Czechoslovakia during the days of Communism. Brief - at about one hour long it's basically a warm-up for Forman - but meaningful enough to get it banned in its native country. The Beauty Pageant contest is amusing.