FILM: Summer Screenings - Daisies
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About The Event
This summer the team have planned a day of screenings of films that each uniquely tell transgressive and boundary-breaking stories, and showcase vital and dynamic characters and filmmakers.
Each screening will include a special introduction by guest speaker, Dr Michael Lawrence, Head of Dept Film Studies at Sussex University.
Surreal, rebellious, and absurdly funny, Daisies is a masterpiece of experimental cinema. Created in the Czech New Wave and directed by Věra Chytilová (1929-2014), this comedy-drama was banned in the Czech Republic for its anarchistic critique. Only later did the film gain the critical recognition it deserves.
The film stars two partners in crime (Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová), both named Marie, who spend the film pranking the bourgeoisies over their many misadventures. From scamming rich men to gatecrashing elite banquets, the film provides a colourful punch in the gut to class decadence of the time. The absurd narrative interplays with abstract imagery, providing jabbing comedy and beautiful visuals.
The film is a politically poignant one. Three years after its ban, the Prague Spring’s violent mass protests began as Czech discontent rose to boiling point. Despite this 60s context, the film still feels vibrantly modern. It shares 90s riot grrrl feminism, Marxist critique of class, and a devil-may-care spirit towards religious hypocrisy. It’s wildly wacky visuals with its absurd narrative makes this film a real riot.