Věra Chytilová, a key member of the Czech New Wave, directs a surrealistic fable based on the Adam and Eve story. A modern couple vacationing at a spa eats forbidden fruit, sending the wife on an obsessive search for a dangerous killer. Chytilová’s film is a highly stylized, allegorical tale that’s “wild, extravagant and ravishing… intoxicating on a sensual level” (Chicago Reader). –Facets
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 Sedmikr… read more
Just when i thought Sedmikrásky was my favorite Chytilová film, this astonishing, magnificent treasure comes to my eyes.
A look at the poster work of the Surrealist painter, writer and ceramicist, wife and artistic collaborator of Jan Švankmajer.