Title: The Firemen's Ball AKA: The Firemen's Ball and Lottery | Like a House on Fire Year: 1967 Original title: Horí, má panenko Runtime: 1 hour, 14 minutes Country: Czechoslovakia | Italy Language: Czech Subtitles: English (.srt MKV embed) Genre: Comedy | Drama
Director: Milos Forman
Cast Jan Vostrcil ... Head of Committee Josef Sebánek ... Committee Member #2 Josef Valnoha ... Committee Member Frantisek Debelka ... Committee Member #1 Josef Kolb ... Josef Jan Stöckl ... Retired Fire Chief Vratislav Cermák ... Committee Member Josef Rehorek ... Committee Member #4 Václav Novotný ... Committee Member Frantisek Reinstein ... Committee Member Frantisek Paska ... Committee Member Stanislav Holubec ... Karel Josef Kutálek ... Ludva Frantisek Svet ... Old Man Ladislav Adam ... Committee Member
Plot / Synopsis The fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday. The whole town is invited but things don't go as planned. Someone is stealing the prizes to the lottery and the candidates for the Miss Fire-Department beauty contest are neither willing or particularly beautiful.
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Great film, meaningful, complete, short (73 min.). I've just seen it for the first time today, a DVD Criterion Collection (a big 'THANK YOU' ). You have everything in there: comedy, drama, etc... I was born in Romania in '69 so I remember very well times like that. Stealing was a national sport and, unfortunately, it doesn't stop today.
If you are born and have live in a former communist country you'll treasure this film and you'll laugh with bitten tears remembering old times.If not, try to understand how life was for the others, less fortunate than you.
Don't miss the features on DVD, Milos Forman talks about the politics in that times.
DVD features • New digital transfer, with restored image and sound • Video interview with director Milos Forman • A behind-the-scenes look at the transfer process, featuring cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek, and comments from Milos Forman • New and improved English subtitle translation
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Technical Specs Source: Criterion DVD #145 -> DVDrip -> Internet Group/Ripper: Thanks to TinyBear for the rip. Video Format: H264 in .MKV Video Bitrate: 650 Kbps Frame Rate: 23.98 fps Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Resolution: 626 x 476 Bits/(Pixel*Frame): 0.084 Audio Format: AAC Sampling rate: 48000 Hz
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