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Film Series : Fringe Benefits


1966, Vera Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 74 min.
With Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 19th 8:30pm
  • Wed, Jul 24th 8:00pm

“My favorite Czech film, and surely one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the ‘60s.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Thirty-six years later, this Molotov cocktail of fizzy champagne and feminist theory has not lost any of its combustible carbonation...the most erotic eating sequences ever shot (sorry, Tom Jones).”—David Fear, Time Out New York

Made during the height of the Czech New Wave, Chytilová's anarchic love letter to self-indulgent femininity landed like a firecracker. Beginning with its two young protagonists (both named Marie) coming to the realization that they must be "bad" to continue existing in a world that appears to be collapsing, DAISIES proceeds to mount a series of surreal sketches in which the Maries bilk rich men for free meals, steal from their neighbors, visit a butterfly collector, and destroy several banquets worth of food in their quest to break down social order and have as much fun as they can in the process. Chytilová captures her main characters' id-driven behavior with a style that leans into the chaos, moving freely between black-and-white and color, direct address, stock footage, and giddy, goofy dance numbers. In Czech with English subtitles. 35mm. (CW)

****Note**** Due to technical difficulties, the 8:15 pm show of DAISIES on Friday, July 19, will screen in digital video rather than 35mm. The screening on Wednesday, July 24, will be in 35mm. We regret the inconvenience.

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