Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dare To Be Different: The Story of Vera Chytilova

Paper Abstract:

During a period of cinematic innovation known as the Czech New Wave, Vera Chytilova emerged as one of the movement's leading figures, as well as one of its only women. In accordance with the goals of the Czech New Wave, Chytilova utilized allegory and satire to make challenging, expressive, and often abstract films. Her two most renowned and important films are Daisies and The Fruit of Paradise. Chytilova's feisty, feminist, indomitable spirit endures in her work and her legacy.

Paper Excerpts:

In her career, Daisies (1966) and The Fruit of Paradise (1969) are unquestionably her most famous, thought-provoking, and significant films. Daisies features two girls who wreak havoc on society. By commenting on the self-destructive nature of society itself, the film works as a powerful satire while also offering a highly aesthetic viewing experience. A biblical allegory presented in the form of a symphony, The Fruit of Paradise relies less on plot and more on the blending of symbolism, image, and sound into a unified whole. While these films brought her considerable success and acclaim, she suffered the same fate as other filmmakers following the invasion and was not allowed to make films again until 1976. She still works on films today, as well as teaching directing at the Film Academy (Buchar 71).

Throughout her own life, she stood up for her beliefs and made sure that her voice was heard, as she undoubtedly still does today. As a strong woman, she brought a unique perspective to her films, which may contribute to their lasting appeal. “In a true feminist tradition Vera combined intensive intellectual effort with a feminine feeling for beauty and form” (Skvorecky 112).

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