Hello, FOTM club members and interested readers. Marilyn from Ferdy on Films, etc. here. The club has been a bit sparse for participation this summer—yes, we’d all rather be enjoying the summer (at outdoor film venues, perhaps?)—but the club meetings march on. Chris has asked me to pick the film for this later-than-usual start for the film of the month. I’ve chosen a film I haven’t seen but that will help with the survey I’m currently doing of the works of Milos Forman, namely, The Firemen’s Ball. My interest stems from a retro Facets Multimedia had of Forman’s Czech films and my own continuing interest in films from the Balkan/Soviet Bloc region. I’m not well versed in films of the Czech New Wave, so I hope to broaden my knowledge of this movement. I hope club members with knowledge in this area will step up with what they know. For a good overview of the Czech New Wave, read Andrew James Horton’s primer at GreenCine.
Because we’re getting a late start, I’m going to post on the film by July 13. As always, feel free to post before I do.
The Firemen’s Ball is available for rent or purchase (Criterion Collection) on Region-1 DVD through all the usual sources.
Film of the Month Club is an internet forum for watching and discussing movies. Each month a member will select a film, after which other members can watch and post their reflections and reactions. Selections will be driven by member interests and can range from the commercial to the experimental, from the signifcant to the forgotten. The idea behind this grab bag approach is to facilitate a conversation among all corners of the film blogosphere. And to watch more movies.