Friday, July 06, 2007

Entry #105: Daisies - Sedmikrasky (Czech 1968)

In this key film from the Czech New Wave, two uninhibited young women (both named Marie) turn against the numbing state of society in a madcap flurry of pranks and material destruction. Beneath the outrageous surface of this avant-garde comedy is a defiant feminist statement and an acknowledgement of the desperation that goes hand-in-hand with rebellion – a state of mind represented by one girl’s attempted suicide. The film so unsettled Czech government officials (and a great many other men) that its release was held up for a year. “... the most adventurous and anarchic Czech movie of the 1960s” (The Faber Companion to Foreign Films).


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