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November 03, 1996|Kevin Thomas

The Firemen's Ball (Bravo Sunday at 8 p.m. and Monday at 12:30 p.m.) A key Czech film of the '60s made during a brief period of relatively free expression and a 1967 best foreign film Oscar nominee, Milos Forman's boisterous 1968 comedy is a lovingly observant account of the human comedy, depicting a small-town event that reels exuberantly out of control.

Toto the Hero (Bravo Monday at 11 p.m.) This 1991 Belgian film does all those exhilarating things you've forgotten a movie could do. Nominally the tale of an old man looking back over his life and deciding to do something about it, "Toto" is audacious in its largeness of spirit, the way it attempts to cram absolutely all of existence, the joy as well as the heartbreak, into a mere 90 minutes. Thomas Bouquet stars for directer-screenwriter Jaco van Dormael.

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