1967. Czech. Dir: Milos? Forman. With Jan Vostrcil. 71 min.
A small-town firefighter league prepares their annual pageant, only to become baffled by a missing lottery prize and what they deem to be a serious lack of good-looking women. Another formerly banned Czech New Wave work, Forman’s (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus) comedy provides a dark, unglamorous, yet wry slice of life.
1966. Czech. Dir: Vera Chytilova?. With Jitka Cerhova?. 76 min. 35mm print.
A duo of impish young women wreak revenge against society via destructive pranks targeting capitalist overconsumption, communist hypocrisy, patriarchal condescension, sexual innocence, and conventional narrative itself. Deliriously weird and stunningly anarchic, Daisies was promptly banned by the Czech government due to the “wanton” nature of Chytilova’s avant-garde approach.