Daisies (Sedmikrásky; Věra Chytilová, 1966) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, somewhat older and wiser now than its unruly protagonists. And although the sociopolitical context of Daisies‘ audience has changed over the years, its themes continually resonate, and the film’s inventive style retains its vigor.
In this video essay, I examine collage as an organizing framework in Daisies, one which creates ambiguities in the film’s meaning.
Daisies was screened at the IU Cinema in January 2014 as part of the Underground Film Series. Curated in partnership with The Media School, Underground promotes experimental, avant-garde, and off-beat cinema.
Laura Ivins loves stop motion, home movies, imperfect films, nature hikes, and Stephen Crane’s poetry. She has a PhD from Indiana University and an MFA from Boston University. In addition to watching and writing about movies, sometimes she also makes them.