4. SEDMIKRÁSKY (1966) #52FilmsByWomen

29-daisies

If I had to describe this film to those who weren’t familiar with nová vlna (Czech New Wave), I’d tell them it’s like watching an episode of Broad City set in the Sixties.

I wasn’t familiar with the Chekoslovakian avant-garde either, in fact, I discovered this masterpiece from influential director Věra Chytilová by watching The Story of Film: An Odissey on Netflix a while ago, then finally decided to watch it as part of my Films by Women pledge.

Everything in Sedmikrásky (Daisies) is truly groundbreaking, from the anarchist dialogues to the experimental cinematography, and the excellent craft in the sound department. It’s a joy for your eyes, ears, and minds. The fact that it feels fresh and no less important –for its political (and feminist) statements against censorship and authority – than it was when it came out, makes it even easier to refer to it as a true milestone in the history of cinema.

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