- Vera Chytilová
- Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová and Marie Cesková
An Eastern Bloc feminist farce about two bored teenage girls—Marie I and Marie II—who have anarchic fun in a series of loosely connected episodes. Although banned in its homeland upon release, for us today this rare treat of the Czech New Wave acts as a lens into a place and time suffocating under the avalanche of male-dominated materialism that dominated Western cinema. Through an exploded mishmash of biting parody, social commentary, and lampooning anarchy, our two Maries romp through the film’s all-too-short 74 minutes with bravura and infectious wit. Plot doesn’t so much take a back seat as it does open the back door and throw itself to the highway, leaving us to face our own laughter. A “visually arresting, capricious film—full of colorful experiments, dazzling collage effects and surrealist antics.” (NY Times) Visit the film’s website for your very own set of Daisies paper dolls!