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Daisies (1966)

Ivana Karbanová , Jitka Cerhová , Vera Chytilová  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková
  • Directors: Vera Chytilová
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Facets
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MN9H00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,452 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In Daisies (Vera Chytilova, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 74 mins.), a key film from the Czech New Wave, two uninhibited young women (both named Marie) turn against the numbing state of society in a madcap flurry of pranks and material destruction. Beneath the outrageous surface of this avant-garde comedy is a defiant feminist statement and an acknowledgement of the desperation that goes hand-in-hand with rebellion--a state of mind represented by one girl's attempted suicide. In Czech with English subtitles.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy daisies - a fantastic watch April 20, 2005
Most of the other reviews have gone into the more "serious" aspects of this film, so I will stick to a strict movie buff review here. First of all, this film is fun. I don't mean that in any trite sense - the colors, the action, the script, everything is just entertaining while making you think. This is a difficult line, entertaining without sacrificing art. Yet we see movement: never too jarring, never too fast, just a rapid-paced, youthful journey into "being bad." My wife and I commented that it was a bit like watching out pet a candy store...after they finished watching Thelma and Louise.

Aside from the movement, the visuals are fantastic. Wild scenery mixes psychedelia with nature, the costumes are fun, and the play with color is great. There were several times I was reminded of Amelie.

So what is it about? Hmm...a bit difficult to answer quickly. To sum it up, two girls keep themselves occupied finding new ways to get free dinners. In the process they upstage a floor show at a restaraunt, fool several old men, and destroy a banquet. They are being bad - while being completely innocent. This isn't an exploration of vice, but of youthfulness, individuality, and autonomy.

One quick note: the dvd provides decent subtitles in English.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Czech girls gone WILD! April 23, 2003
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Saw Vera Chytilova's *Daisies* the first time way back in the late Eighties at an art-house, which was featuring a retrospective of the aborted Czech "New Wave" of the mid- to late Sixties. I distinctly remember being blissed-out on the ganj (flaming youth!) while watching the movie, and I remember thinking that my altered state contributed a great deal to my enjoyment of what I was seeing. You may feel the need to reach for the chronic too, after watching the opening credits. (More prosaic individuals may want to reach for a highball or two, at least.) I'm frankly shocked, but obviously pleased, to discover that *Daisies* has made it to DVD. (Thanks, "Facets Video"!) Clocking in at 74 minutes, the movie isn't really all that much, but what it has is sublime: a pair of sexy, giggling young buffoons named Marie and Marie who prostitute themselves to hideous middle-aged men for free meals and booze. They're teases, they're rather dumb, they're childish, they're drunken, they're funny as hell, and they see right through the revolting hypocrisy of the totalitarian socialist state in which they're sadly marooned. The last sequence, where the girls break into some commissar's private banquet hall and proceed to devour and defile everything in it, laid bare the hypocrisy of Czechoslovakian political life so thoroughly that it virtually destroyed Chytilova's career. The astounding psychedelic camera work by Jaroslav Kucera, incidentally, is simply icing on the cake. [Be sure to read the transcripts of the letters concerning *Daisies* on the "features" menu. One is from the Official Cultural Commissar of the Czech Communist Party, which predictably condemns the film as "elitist", unintelligible, and not consistent with the aim of glorifying the Workers and Families of the State. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
...You may be confused by this movie, or be forced to do a lot of explaining to any others invited to watch with you. Taken as a whole, however, it's one of the most entertaining, off-kilter, creative, and kaleidescopic films I've ever seen. Trying to decipher a plot from Marie I's and Marie II's bizarre antics is beside the point, though I would recommend renting before you buy.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
i loved this movie!! i thought it would be much jitzy-er, on a crumby budget and a sort of czech john waters or something. not the case, though that would have been good too, but not as fantastic as this wacko pearl of a movie. this movie is a very well-hewn display of technicolor magic. the craftwomanship is no joke. the set design, the splintery abrasive sound production, the distinct and varied atmospheres depicted in these "vignettes", are eye and ear candy for anyone who likes tripped out, nihilistic fun. vera chytilova fully out-goddard's goddard. "une femme est une femme" and "pierrot le fou" seem almost straight forward compared to this.

the two female leads are a good mix of real sexy and real grating. i would say that this movie depicted a real nightmare scenario for me. i could imagine myself falling for one of these girls, who when seperated from the other is actually pretty sweet and cool. then i visit their little art school apartment they have together, i discover the terrifying truth- that my nice sweet pretty arty amour is actually one half of a destructive adolescent femmenstein! i would then probably subject myself to all manners of their cavalier tortures and eventually emerge emasculated and none the richer for it!!!

but alas, it is just a movie, and i'm proably too old at this point to fall for girls like that....but in my twenties...for sure i would have!!

this may not be specifically a feminist movie. i'd say most likely it is politically motivated. it's allegorical, coming from a super turbulent time in world and eastern european history.

it's really worth a look, but if your into "serious" euro "cinema", maybe steer clear. it's pretty silly and abrasive...which is up my alley. five stars for sure!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and beautiful
A fascinating allegorical film wherein two young sisters as War commit bizarre, nonsensical and destructive acts against civilization. Read more
Published 7 months ago by blue stocking
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent experimental cinema
Perhaps because Vera Chytilova directed `Daisies' in 1966, at the start of the Prague Spring, that subsequent viewers scramble in a mad rush to label the film as a feminist outcry... Read more
Published on June 8, 2012 by ivona poyntz
2.0 out of 5 stars Two pouty-lipped girls decide to act spoiled. They succeed.
Two pouty-lipped girls decide to act spoiled. They succeed.

Sometimes visually creative and interesting but never compelling. Also rather food-obsessed.
Published on December 15, 2011 by Michael Harbour
3.0 out of 5 stars Anarchic, subversive, feminist, and a bit too long
Director Vera Chytilova's anarchic feminist film from the mid 1960s (right before the Czech new wave movement was broken by the Soviet Invasion that ended the Prague Spring) is... Read more
Published on January 26, 2008 by Andres C. Salama
2.0 out of 5 stars Visually appealing but little else
Visually appealing but without much of a plot or acting talent. Not nearly as good as "Valerie and Her Week of Wonders".
Published on January 12, 2007 by B. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars "This film is dedicated --
-- to those whose sole source of indignation is a messed up trifle."

The opening credits play against explosive examples of military destruction, accompanied by a toy... Read more
Published on December 17, 2006 by wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars Daisies, full bloom
Daisies is an evocatively playful slab of guilty pleasured cinema. Charming, offbeat girls, butterfly bras, tricking old fatcats into free dinners and seeing them off at the... Read more
Published on June 3, 2006 by Stephanie Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars a very important yet rarely seen film
Quite unfortunate that one of the best and most beautiful films of the new wave was banned for most of its life. "Daisies" is a remarkable film. Read more
Published on December 5, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Banned in the Czech Republic for good reason.
This film was Banned in the Czech Republic during Communism. This fact has apparently led many to believe that the film was banned because it was offensive to Communists, but in my... Read more
Published on November 14, 2002
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