The Wende Museum of the Cold War, in partnership with the UCLA Alumni Silicon Beach Network, invites you to a private tour, reception and screening of acclaimed filmmaker Miloš Forman’s 1967 comedy “The Firemen’s Ball” followed by a discussion.
This free event includes a hosted reception in the museum’s sculpture garden, a screening and discussion of the Academy Award nominated film “The Firemen’s Ball” with Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of 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 Life 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 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 Cuckoos’ Nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984), acquired particular renown and both earned him an Academy Award for Best Director.
The Wende Museum of the Cold War is a museum and educational institution in Culver City founded in 2002 by Dr. Justinian Jampol, a third-generation UCLA Bruin. As the nation’s foremost repository of art and artifacts from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the museum educates, inspires and challenges expectations with experimental programs and exhibitions, and harbors more than 100,000 unique objects of visual and material culture. Wende (pronounced “venda”) is a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The Wende’s new exhibitions are “Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe” and “Nonalignment and Tito in Africa.”
Thursday, August 1
6 p.m. Private UCLA Tour by Wende curator Joes Segal
7 p.m. Public Reception
8 p.m. Screening of “The Fireman’s Ball” with English sub-titles (71 minutes) followed by a discussion with Jan-Christopher Horak
The Wende Museum
The Armory, Culver City
10808 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
RSVP by Monday, July 29. Questions? Please contact Chris Northrup, M.A. ’69, at firstname.lastname@example.org.