Revolt, She Said: Daisies
Screening as part of Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after '68
Dir. Vera Chytilova | Czech Republic 1966 | 76 min | cert TBC
Boredom, bikinis and a blistering critique of the beauty myth. From its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s (1929-2014) ever-fresh Daisies kicks wickedly against the pricks and feels as if it was made today.
An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the '60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air. Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie (played by Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast. The film’s anarchic attitude saw it banned by the Czech authorities and it stayed under wraps for years.
Some have called the film’s freewheeling rage against the world proto-riot grrrl, and the two Maries (defiantly unholy) are a total riot. If you haven’t caught up with this genuine feminist classic, see why it’s as thrilling now as it was 50 years ago.
One hundred years after the first women got the vote in the UK, 50 years after the protests of May ’68 triggered resistance across the world, where is the feminist revolution now? ICO x Club des Femmes curate a season of films and happenings focused on women filmmakers post ’68, who took up cameras as they took to the streets: to instigate further revolutions in ways of seeing, being, living and loving.
Accompanying short film | Saute Ma Ville (Blow Up My Town)
Dir Chantal Akerman | Belgium 1968 | 13 mins
Made when she was just 18, Chantal Akerman dropped out of film school to make this disturbing look at the claustrophobia of the domestic. A caustic prelude to her masterpiece Jeanne Dielman.
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