Our next film is Daisies (1966), directed by Vera Chytilová.
March is Women’s History month, and our members have voted for two excellent (and very different) films to watch and discuss, each celebrating women in cinema. Our next selection will be Daisies (1966), directed by Vera Chytilová.
Daisies is a wild, provocative, experimental cinematic collage, utilizing unique editing techniques and nonlinear action to create an unbridled and singular proto-feminist expression of the Czech New Wave. We follow two young women (Marie 1 and Marie 2) through a variety of chaotic scenarios and pranks, often involving unsuspecting men and ‘polite’ society. Chytilová resisted admitting to any sociopolitical agenda, but was still heavily censored for her work by Czech authorities. The film remains a fascinating capsule of one woman’s artistic vision during a time of political upheaval and burgeoning creative spirit.
Daisies is available on iTunes ($3.99), HBO Max, and the Criterion Channel. You may also find extensive footage on Vimeo and Youtube. We will be discussing the film on March 24th at 8:00pm EDT on Slack. You can watch a trailer here.
Our next film is The Trouble With Angels,a 1966 comedy directed by Ida Lupino.
March is Women’s History month, and our members have voted for two excellent (and very different) films to watch and discuss, each celebrating women in cinema. The first selection will be The Trouble with Angels (1966), directed by Ida Lupino and written by Blanche Hanalis. Lupino was notably the first woman to direct a film noir (The Hitch-Hiker), as well as the first woman to star and direct in a film (The Bigamist). The Trouble With Angels is a charming and fun coming-of-age story of two girls, Mary Clancy (Hayley Mills) and Rachel Devery (June Harding), who are students at a Catholic boarding school. There are pranks aplenty, but also unexpected revelations and plenty of heart.
We look forward to a rich discussion around Lupino’s pioneering prominence in the Hollywood studio system, the representation of women in her film, how the roles of women in the industry have changed in front of and behind the camera, and much more.
The Trouble with Angels is available on Amazon Prime ($2.99), YouTube ($3.99), and Google Play & Apple TV ($3.99). We will be discussing the film on March 10th at 8:00pm EDT on Slack. You can watch a trailer here.