Dr Joshua Gleich (Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television) will host this screening and lead a post-viewing discussion and Q&A session.

A landmark of feminist cinema and the most daring film of the Czech New Wave movement, Vera Chytilova’s masterpiece Daisies is a surreal trip into a “spoiled” world.  The two leads – Marie 1 and Marie 2 – agree that since the world has gone bad, they’ll be bad, too. Liberated from conventions, the two Maries wreak havoc with their pranks as they bilk sugar daddies, stuff their faces, and scandalize everyone.

Made during a brief period of artistic liberalism before the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Daisies is a playful experiment in color, story, and editing that was banned by the Communist regime for “food wastage.” Daisies is a brilliant piece of dissent and an endless source of inspiration politically, culturally, and sartorially. This free screening is shown in conjunction with “The Power of the Powerless: A 1968 Retrospective” symposium to be held Friday, November 2nd, on the University of Arizona campus.  The symposium and film screening are sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Humanities, the Dept. of French & Italian Studies, and the Dept. of Russian & Slavic Studies. (Dir. by Vera Chytilová, 1966, Czechoslovakia, Czech with English subtitles, 76 min., Not Rated)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by the UA College of Humanities, the Dept. of French & Italian Studies, and the Dept of Russian and Slavic Studies.