A legendary tragicomedy about a volunteer firemen’s ball in a provincial town. The film is a satire centered on a town during the communist regime and ranks among the most exquisite pieces in the family silver of Czech cinematography. Today considered a masterpiece of the Czechoslovak New Wave, at the time it was rejected by both the state film industry and (unexpectedly) foreign co-producer Carlo Ponti. The film received an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category.
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