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Daisies - The Criterion Collection

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Genres: New Wave
Starring: Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová
Director: Vera Chytilová
Plot Synopsis:

If the entire world is bad, why shouldn’t we be? Adopting this insolent attitude as their guiding philosophy, a pair of hedonistic young women (Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová), both named Marie, embark on a gleefully debauched odyssey of gluttony, giddy destruction, and antipatriarchal resistance, in which nothing is safe from their nihilistic pursuit of pleasure. But what happens when the fun is over? Matching her anarchic message with an equally radical aesthetic, director V?ra Chytilová, with the close collaboration of cinematographer Jaroslav Ku?era, unleashes an optical storm of fluctuating film stocks, kaleidoscopic montages, cartoonish stop-motion cutouts, and surreal costumes designed by Ester Krumbachová, who also cowrote the script. The result is Daisies, the most defiant provocation of the Czechoslovak New Wave, an exuberant call to rebellion aimed squarely at those who uphold authoritarian oppression in any form.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 1st, 2022
    Movie Release Year: 1966
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Specs:New 4K digital restoration
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Czech uncompressed mono
    Subtitles/Captions:New English subtitle translation
    Special Features:Audio commentary featuring film scholars Daniel Bird and Peter Hames
    New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova
    Documentary from 2002 about director V?ra Chytilová
    Documentary about the artistic collaboration among Chytilová, cinematographer Jaroslav Ku?era, and screenwriter Ester Krumbachová
    Two short films from 1962 by Chytilová: A Bagful of Fleas and Ceiling
    A trailer
    PLUS: An essay by critic Carmen Gray