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Daisies (1967)

Cast: Ivana Karbanova, Julius Albert, Jitka Cerhova
Director: Véra Chytilová
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Studio: Facets
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, Czech, Experimental/Avant-Garde
Running Time: 74 min.
Subtitles: English
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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 Chaplinesque bit of slapstick, they hop trains and lose the men. Always looking for new adventures, the girls get drunk at a nightclub and get kicked out in a grand physical comedy style. They sit around their apartment and destroy things with a deadpan whimsy, apathetic to the men professing their love. Pursuing adventure about town, the two Maries take a dumbwaiter up to a banquet hall and proceed to delightfully demolish it. Using both black-and-white and color film stock, the girls' antics are enhanced by innovative special effects and camera tricks by cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera. Historically a key film in the Czech New Wave movement, Daisies was banned and director Vera Chytilová was forbidden to work until 1975. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Annoying! by MBennett February 9, 2006 - 11:15 AM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
At times, the movie was visually stunning, but the 2 main characters were too "cutesy" & annoying for me. Their physical attractiveness held my attention for a while, but their childish antics & squeaky voices simply became unbearable after just a few minutes. They played up the "girly-girl" thing way too much. I wouldn't recommend this movie.

RAD scene by HKim February 20, 2004 - 3:44 PM PST
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
well it's just kind of an artsy fun movie about two girls and their dabbling in decadence. BUT- there is this one scene with scissors that is AMAZING- gosh for a film made in 1966, this effect is sooo cool!

Play Time! by DPOWERS November 20, 2002 - 1:27 PM PST
20 out of 20 members found this review helpful
let's say you go out to dinner with someone you're really hot for. you're a little late and you hurry to the table, you're all charm, with great clothes... but... your date is wearing a cowboy hat and is covered head to toe with a rainbow of ostrich feathers. "why?" you ask. "the world is screwed up and i wanted to do something about it," says your date.

welcome to daisies. please stir your decorum into a glass of milk and pour it over your head.

with the energy of keaton, the sass of firemen's ball, and the crazy personality of its two heroines, this is my current all-time favorite movie. it's not "tongue firmly in cheek" because the tongue is busy counting all the bumps and ridges in there, for science.

warning: it will set off your WTF?! alarm. but it's long enough to catch the rhythm and get into it and short enough that you can watch it again after a good night's sleep.

there are some good discussions of this movie on the website, about female rebellion and playing games. "does it matter?" "it doesn't matter."

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(Average 7.08)
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