Vera Chytilova (1966)

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Our Score
The two most significant female artists of the Czech New Wave collaborated on this anarchic assault on materialism. In addition to designing the stylised visuals, Ester Krumbachova co-wrote the screenplay with director Vera Chytilova, whose husband, Jaroslav Kucera, served as cinematographer. Employing collage, superimposition, symbolic mise en scène and prismatic distortion, they concoct a surrealist fantasy of the banality and conformity of Czech society as two girls, both named Marie, dupe several boorish males before indulging in an orgy of gleeful destruction. It now looks its age, but the authorities were sufficiently piqued to limit Chytilova to only one film in the ensuing decade.

Cast & Crew

Marie I Jitka Cerhova
Marie II Ivana Karbonova
Man about town with butterfly connection Julius Albert
Director Vera Chytilova

Other Information

Language: Czech +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Contemporary Films LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray