Daisies, by Vera Chytilová, was a rather peculiar film. It was one of the films to come out of the Eastern European New Waves. These New Wave films challenged conventional films of the time by pushing the limits on censorship and including film techniques never used before. Daisies was no exception to this.
The whole movie is centered around two young women. There isn’t necessarily a plot to the movie but one theme that is consistent throughout is the idea that since the world is rotten, so the characters should be rotten as well. Random shots of buildings and submarines being destroyed symbolize how rotten the world is. The characters react to the rottenness by using men to buy them food constantly throughout the film. This is supposed to show them being gluttonous. The movie also raised controversy because the women often times address the audience directly about certain philosophical ideas. Ideas like existentialism that were normally never spoken about. The editing in the movie was also never seen before. Random images and sequences would flash across the screen along with the use of extremely vivid colors. It was extremely unconventional and never seen before.
Overall, Daisies is a giant political statement. The greed and gluttony portrayed by the characters is supposed to represent the capitalistic system. The fact that they receive all of the food they eat from other people implies the idea that they are economic parasites. The film was eventually banned in several countries.
Reviewed work(s): Daisies by Vera Chytilova
Vol. 21, No. 3 (Spring, 1968), pp. 35-37
Published by: University of California Press
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1210994