(1966, directed by Vera Chytilová)
- inducted 2017 –
“One young woman, played by Ivana Karbanová, wears a flower crown askew on her bob of golden hair. Jitka Cerhová, taller
though slightly younger, ties her dark and tangled mane into pigtails. They loaf around in checkered bikinis. Both go by the
name Marie. These two best friends, partners in crime, act as anti-heroines in Chytilová’s anarchic farce. They tease
and put the squeeze on man after man. They hop from bistro to cabaret then back to a squalid room where they slice up phallic
foods and set party streamers aflame. No ruckus will sate their decadent appetites. Not even sundering each other’s
limbs with scissors, then snipping apart the very frame that contains them.
“The duo just soldiers on into another comic vignette, their raccoonish eyeliner thickening to resemble domino masks
as the film slides toward its grand finale. Rapid-fire montages of padlocks and pinned butterflies punctuate this mishegoss.
The soundtrack, unhinged from imagery, might fill with a drum roll or the clack of a typewriter. Scenes in black and white
switch to vivid Eastmancolor, another brazen deviation from standard film syntax. Though Daisies may have bloomed
from the context of the Czech New Wave, its unruly ethos has reverberated through the subsequent decades. Watching it now,
it’s still unpredictable with its explosive burlesque of a narrative. It’s still filthy and feminine and fun.”