Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: DAISIES

Saturday, March 09, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre


(Czechoslovakia 1966—directed by Vera Chytilová)

One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the comic and erotic misadventures of two brash young women, named Marie I and Marie II. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great pioneering works of feminist cinema, Daisies (Sedmikrásky) was filmed and released at the leading edge of what would become known as Prague Spring – a joyous if brief moment in Czech history during which political and cultural freedom seemed on the verge of triumph, and such cinematic visionaries as Chytilová, Juraj Jakubisco and Milos Forman were using a newly available freedom of the screen to express their hunger for freedom of every kind. In Czech with English subtitles. (76 min.)

"Critics’ Pick! Brace yourself for some of the most exuberant and disjunctive Pop Art imagery ever put onscreen." –David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“The most drolly anarchic cine-provocation to bloom during the Prague Spring, Vera Chytilová’s new wave looks better every year.” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Saturday, March 9 at 4:00 PM
Admission to this show is free for DIA members.
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.