Věra Chytilová 1929 ✠ 2014 filmmaker of the Czechoslovak New Wave; director of exuberant 1966 satire DAISIES | SEDMIKRÁSKY

BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — Filmmaker Věra Chytilová 1929 ✠ 2014 directed the exuberant satire DAISIES | SEDMIKRÁSKY (1966), a high-water mark of the Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s. The film’s insouciant contempt for authority; its feminist mirth, and bold treatment of sexual politics — not to mention its radical disregard for cinematic convention — outraged Czechoslovakia’s Communist overlords; they banned the film, and blacklisted her, preventing her from working as a filmmaker for six years.

She resumed feature filmmaking with the charming and numinous FRUIT OF PARADISE | OVOCE STROMŮ RAJSKÝCH JÍME, which was among the official selection in competition at the 1970 Cannes film festival. Among her later features are THE APPLE GAME | HRA O JABLKO (1977), THE INHERITANCE, OR FUCKOFFGUYSGOODDAY | DEDICTVÍ ANEB KURVAHOSIGUTNTAG (1993), and her final film, PLEASANT MOMENTS | HEZKÉ CHVILKY BEZ ZÁRUKY (2006).

Animated GIF clip: Eve from Vera Chytilova's FRUIT OF PARADISE
FRUIT OF PARADISE | OVOCE STROMŮ RAJSKÝCH JÍME by Věra Chytilová

Věra Chytilová’s career was singular: She graduated from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague at the age of forty-three, the only woman in the class. She elected to remain in her country after the Soviet Union invaded it in 1968, unlike many of her colleagues, such as Miloš Forman, Ján Kadár, and Ivan Passer, who fled to the West. Her contribution to cinema is exceptional. Viewing her films will continue to be essential to the formation of filmmakers for as long as cinema exists. REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Věra Chytilová

DAISIES | SEDMIKRÁSKY

FRUIT OF PARADISE | OVOCE STROMŮ RAJSKÝCH JÍME