Maybe the New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. —The Criterion Collection
Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film Studios in Prague. There she continued as a writer, actress, and assistant director.
She was denied a scholarship, or even a recommendation from Barrandov, but she took the admissions tests at FAMU and was accepted. From 1957-1962 she studied film directing under Otakar Vávra, who also taught Jirí Menzel, Milos Forman, Jan Nemec, and Ivan Passer. In 1962 she graduated as director from Film Academy (FAMU) in Prague. Her graduation film Strop (Ceiling 1962) and the following film Pytel blech (A Bagful of Fleas 1963) were “staged” improvisations with non-actors. In 1966 Chytilova and her husband, Jaroslav Kucera, made a witty surrealist comedy Sedmikrásky… read more
my first Chytilova and i strongly hope many will follow. While watching, I kept realizing how distant this sort of film language nowadays is, and how challenging it appears for the viewer, while so seldom. At the same time, the film is very comprehensible and it's exotic features, as the absurdity of the characters, the many collages and effects made me be ashamed of thinking about what would be a woman director.
Reminded me a lot of "Spring Breakers". In "Daisies" freedom seemed possible, at least a bit, if one left conventions behind. The similar fantasies of outbreak today in "Spring Breakers" lead in a different direction, to the extreme, the vanishing point of our society. While searching for breaking the rules in "Daisies", in "Spring Breakers" the utmost goal is the freezing, the preservation of the now.
What, you've never seen Vera Chytilova's 1966 Daisies, a touchstone of the Czech New Wave that could perhaps best be described as a feminist
In Věra Chytilová’s film Sedmikrásky, she presents the audience with the storylines of… read review