Style icons: Daisies by Vera Chytilová

You’re all erudite, cultural types, so I apologise in advance for talking about something that you’re probably OVER. I saw my step-dad this weekend and he reminded me of this film that needs mentioning. So here it is, even though you’ll all be yawning. Here goes. Ever seen Daisies? Of course you have, you’re smart and culturally sound. But just in case you haven’t… YOU SHOULD. It’s a new wave Czech psychedelic feminist film from the 60s by the supremely awesome director Vera Chytilová. To quickly recap: new wave, Czech, psychedelic, feminist. So far so accessible, right? It’s actually nowhere near as pretentious as you might assume. It’s about these two girls who decide that the world is spoiled, so they want to be spoiled too. Cue lots of food, winding up old men and MISADVENTURES.

It’s been a good few years since I had to analyse a film for subtexts, so excuse my lack of any in depth explanation. I think you should watch it yourself really, that’s my excuse. It’s only 70 minutes long or something, and the imagery is so strong that to be honest, you don’t even really need to follow the plot to enjoy it.

It’s recently been rereleased and Amazon has it for less than a tenner.

PS More Czech film posts to come. OH YES REALLY.

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