UCLA Night at the Wende Museum featuring The Firemen's Ball

UCLA Night at the Wende Museum featuring The Firemen's Ball
Thursday, August 1, 2019
7 p.m.: Reception
8 p.m.: Screening of The Firemen's Ball with English subtitles (71 minutes), introduced by Jan-Christopher Horak.


The Wende Museum of the Cold War, in partnership with the UCLA Alumni Silicon Beach Network, invites you to a reception and screening of acclaimed filmmaker Miloš Forman's 1967 comedy The Firemen's Ball.

This free event includes a reception in the museum's sculpture garden and a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film The Firemen's Ball, introduced by the Wende's Chief Curator and Director of Programming, Dr. Joes Segal, and Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and professor of Critical and Media studies. In 2018, Dr. Horak received the Reinhold Schünzel Award of the City of Hamburg for Lifetime Achievement in preserving German film and furthering German film history. He was a founder and president of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

The Firemen's Ball is set at the annual ball of a small town's volunteer fire department, and portrays the series of disasters that occur during the evening. On the surface it shows an ill-fated social event, the prevailing corruption of the local community, and the collapse of well-intentioned plans, but it was widely interpreted as a biting satire on Eastern European Communism and "banned forever" in Czechoslovakia following the Soviet invasion of 1968. It was the last film Forman made in his native Czechoslovakia before going into exile. It is the first film he shot in color and a milestone of the Czechoslovak New Wave. After Forman left Czechoslovakia for the United States, two of his films, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984), acquired particular renown, and both earned him an Academy Award for Best Director.


This event is now at capacity.

To join the waitlist, please email info@wendemuseum.org.