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獨立焦點:捷克電影新浪潮
Indie focus:Czech New Wave

消防員舞會
The FiremEn’s Ball

同場加映 Screening with

不了情
Magnificent obsession

5/5(三Wed) 7:30pm

香港藝術中心古天樂電影院
Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

購票 Ticketing
導演 Director
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman
捷克 Czech|1967|71分鐘min|彩色Colour
捷克語對白,英文字幕 In Czech with English subtitles

新浪潮旗手米路斯.科曼在流亡美國前於捷克拍成的最後作品,沿襲捷克荒誕幽默敘事傳統的集大成之作。捷克一個偏遠小鎮,消防員團隊上下為身患絶症的前局長舉行致敬舞會,但在僵化的層級文化,和早已空洞的革命團結精神底下,舞會演變成一場覆水難收的鬧劇。在捷克被禁多年,這齣黑色喜劇廣被視為以小見大、諷刺東歐共產管治的精闢寫照,而同樣可見的是人性的同情和貪婪、人民對權威荒謬且強制的命令只能苟且、陽奉陰違。眾人立於熊熊烈火,把酒觀賞的他們臉上掠過淡漠的哀愁。喧鬧過後,老伯回到火災現場、躺在自己無瓦遮頭的床,俯視的遠鏡掃過茫茫白雪,百姓的無依和生命微小之願,心領神會。

Czech New Wave stalwart Milos Forman’s last film before his exile to the United States is a masterpiece in the tradition of absurdist humor. In a small Czechoslovak town, the fire department is holding a ball in order to raise money for their former chairman. Yet the rigid hierarchical culture and hollow spirit of solidarity have turned the ball into an unstoppable farce. From a rigged beauty pageant with unwilling participants to a raffle whose prizes are stolen, the party builds up to a climatic meltdown of the ages. Banned in Czechoslovakia for years, this black comedy is widely seen as the perfect satire of the communist state’s bureaucratic mindset. The film exposes how people can only respond to the authority’s absurd mandates with deceit and hypocrisy. Although Forman’s boisterous comedy is a merciless takedown of communist culture, the filmmaker has also shown a soft spot for the insignificant proletariat beneath his scorn for human greed.

導演介紹 Director Biography
米路斯.科曼 Miloš Forman

1932年於恰斯拉夫(現捷克)出生,並於納粹德國的極權統治下失去雙親。1956年於捷克電影電視學院(FAMU)編劇系畢業,職業生涯初期主要擔任編劇及助理導演,憑首部長篇電影《黑彼德》(1963)一舉奪得瑞士盧卡諾影展的最高榮譽金帆獎(Vela d’oro),《黑彼德》亦成為捷克新浪潮的開山作之一。其後的作品《金髮女郎之戀》(1965)及《消防員舞會》(1967)雖接連入圍奧斯卡最佳外語片,後者卻被官方永久禁播。1968年蘇聯入侵捷克之際移居美國,在當地繼續電影事業,並藉《飛越瘋人院》(1975)和《莫札特傳》(1984),兩度獲得奧斯卡最佳導演的殊榮。2018年於美國康乃狄克州逝世。

Miloš Forman was born in 1932 in Cáslav, Czechoslovakia. He lost his parents under the Nazi occupation. In 1956, he graduated from Prague Film School (FAMU) and worked as a writer and assistant director thereafter. His first feature film, Black Peter (1963), was acknowledged as one of the pioneering works of the Czech New Wave and awarded the Golden Sail (Vela d’oro) at the Locarno International Film Festival. Subsequently, Loves of a Blonde (1965), and The Firemen's Ball (1967) continued to receive international recognitions, as both were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, albeit the latter was permanently banned in Czechoslovakia. In the face of the imminent invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviets in 1968, he fled to America. There he enjoyed an eminent career, twice winning the title of Best Director at the Academy Awards with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984). In 2018, he passed away in Connecticut, USA, at the age of 86.