Directed by Milos Forman
One of the hallmarks of the
Czech New Wave, Milos Forman's anarchic and freewheeling black comedy is a
wry and devastating parable about Stalinist authoritarianism. The
inventive story concerns the rituals surrounding a small town's
celebration of a retiring fire chief and a bizarre beauty pageant as a
trenchant commentary about the social and political order. Screenplay by
Ivan Passer and Jaroslav Papousek. Cinematography by Miroslav Ondricek.
Forman's last Czech film. Czech with English subtitles.