Monday, March 23, 2015

#551: Daisies

1966, TSPDT Rank #407

This film plays like a kaleidoscodic mixture of dada and silent comedy, made by a female Jean-Luc Godard in 1960s Czechoslovakia. It follows the misadventures of two young women and their attempts to "be spoiled" in reaction to a "spoiled world" - with flashes of radical feminism and surrounded by a whirlwind of truly inventive, energetic filmmaking. Like its heroines, Daisies is primarily interested in obliterating commonly accepted constructs of order and behavior - destroying meaning rather than creating it. Therefore, while watching it, I suggest just letting go and enjoying the ride. It's probably one of the greatest cinematic visions of anarchy ever attempted.

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