Sunday, April 15, 2012


by Drew Martin
I just watched Daisies (Sedmikrásky) for the first time, which is hard to believe since I lived in the Czech Republic for five years and watched movies there all the time. I had a cinephile friend at college in the late 1980s who loved this 1966 film, which was landmark for the new wave movement and modern surrealist cinema.
Daisies follows two young women who decide that since the world has become a bad place, they will turn bad. These wanton teenagers spoil themselves wining and dining with a string of sugar daddies, steal from a bathroom valet, trash their apartment, and in a grand finale, devour and wreck a catered banquet hall where they are ultimately crushed by a falling chandelier after trying to undo their damage when they decide to reform. Daisies was written and directed by Věra Chytilová but the brilliance of the movie is how it was filmed by Jaroslav Kučera, edited by Miroslav Hájek and creatively scored by Jiří Šlitr and Jiří Šust.

Click here for an uninterrupted cut of Daisies on YouTube