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Daisies (1967)


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An exercise in avant-garde cinema that is freshly humorous and accessible, Daisies is a dark comedy that eschews a traditional narrative for a Dadaist construction of events. Perpetually dressed in vibrantly corresponding costumes and dark black eyeliner, Marie and Marie work together to create mischief. Seeing the world ruined and values worthless, they decide to "go bad." They stage various dinner dates with stale old men, eat and drink merrily while telling lies, and, in a fast-motion

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My favorite Czech film, and surely one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s, this madcap and aggressive feminist farce by Vera Chytilova explodes in any number of directions.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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These two slim, mod beauties revel in their infantile defilement before swinging from chandeliers and catwalking down the buffet table.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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From elderly apparatchiks to cinematic continuity, nothing is sacred, as the director punctures the illusion of "civilized" society and viewer's frontal lobes.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Just about the most ticklish barrage of nihilism in cinema

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The film's daisies are young girls who have reached pubescence, and are fully aware of their sexual power, but aren't ready to embrace it, so they test it first.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Seems to drag and become tiresome and overlong even at only 74 minutes.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Two living dolls decide the world is spoiled and so they will be too, leading to nonlinear slapstick adventures drinking, feasting and searching for a sugar daddy. Psychedelic, surreal, silly, sexy; so much absurd hedonistic fun that it was banned by the Czech censors.
June 6, 2012
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Made in 1966 Czechoslovakia, director Vera Chytilová's surrealist "Daisies" was banned by the Czechoslovakian government soon after it's release. Not that it was so unusual for the soviet Czech government to ban films, but looking back now, it's hard to understand what their specific beef was. Granted, there are no overt proletarian ovations to be found here, but nor is it some sort of secret capitalist conspiracy. Inspired by the French new wave, it could most closely be considered some sort of nihilistic farce, but even that might be too specific a classification for a film so mysteriously vague.

Daisies defies categorization as such. It seems to stem directly from the id of it's director, who doesn't so much explain things as she does allow them to happen. As abstract as whatever the story might be, the filmmaking process is hyper-detailed. Scenes of apparent little consequence are crafted with such fine attention to the miniscule minutiae of background scenery. It could almost be considered obsessive-compulsive the amount of effort put into the "fine print" details. The film arbitrarily switches from black-and-white to various "strip" shades of color; images are filmed through various lenses, in effect, demonstrating great proficiency in the technological art of film craft. It would be almost impossible to deny there is an art to the madness happening on the screen.

But what of the "story"? Well, two bored girls eat a lot, then pursue various older men for the purpose of somehow toying with their hearts. They sometimes go to visit a motherly figure who lives in a woman's public restroom and sings all her dialogue to them about how lovely and young they are. Finally, they stumble upon a large, empty banquet room where a feast has been laid out and is unattended. They help themselves to the food and destroy everything in the process. "Why", you ask? I cannot say with any certainty. This is a film of the subconscious, there's no rhyme or reason, save whatever the filmmaker was feeling at the time. It's up to the individual viewer to determine what the film actually means. All I can say with certainty is, the film gives us a look into the gently mischievous moments of youth.
March 29, 2012
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terrific, subversive, anarchic and bold
February 1, 2012
Stella Dallas

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Banned? for what? filming an Adam Sandler premise in strange colors and showing young girls drinking wine?
June 12, 2011

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Foreign Titles

  • Tausendschönchen - kein Märchen (DE)
  • Daisies (Sedmikrasky) (UK)
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