The film most emblematic of the freedoms afforded artists by the then imminent Prague Spring, Věra Chytilová’s best-known film is a glorious Dadaist revolt against dominant narrative genres and modes of representation. Two young women embark upon an anarchic rampage, joyously exploiting a string of hapless men; chaos and wanton destruction ensue.
Preceded by a short film, Oratorio for Prague (D: Jan Němec, 1968, 29 mins), which began as a documentary on Czechoslovakia’s first steps toward democracy and the impact of the Prague Spring, but quickly turned into an account of Soviet military actions undertaken in Prague in August 1968. Smuggled out of the country, Jan Němec’s footage of Czechoslovakian citizens demonstrating against Soviet tanks became pivotal in proving to the world that Soviet forces had occupied Prague against the wishes of its people.
CaSFFA is proud to screen Daisies courtesy of the National Film Archive in Prague.
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