Milos Forman's first color film and the last movie he made before fleeing Czechoslovakia for the United States, The Fireman's Ball (1967) is arguably a satire of the political climate he was running from - though to be fair it may just as easily be a satire of the political climate he was running to. Small town corruption by incompetent fools can be extrapolated so many different ways. Forman himself said he meant nothing - and he doesn't seem to have anything to gain by lying about it - but the third act lays it on pretty think. But then, maybe I just want to believe.
We're headed back to Czechoslovakia this week for a few rounds with prolific Czech director Milos Forman. First up is Loves of a Blonde, Forman's 1965 comedy about a working class girl in need of...distraction. It's possibly the best known film of the Czech New Wave, and for good reason.