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Czechoslovakia, 1966
Length / Daisies: 76 minutes
Special features: 58 minutes
Sound: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM (48khz/24-bit)
Colour and Black & White
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English

Blu-Ray: BD50 / 1080 / 24fps
Region ABC (Region Free)
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99

Release Date: 22 Oct 2018
Second Run BD016

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Presented from new HD materials, Second Run presents a special Blu-ray edition of one of its most enduringly popular titles – the glorious Daisies.

Věra Chytilová’s classic of surrealist cinema is the most adventurous and anarchic Czech movie of the 1960s.

Two young women, both named Marie, revolt against a degenerate, decayed and oppressive society, attacking symbols of wealth and bourgeois culture. A riotous, punk-poem of a film that is both hilarious and mind-warpingly innovative, it has influenced generations of filmmakers.

Defiant feminist statement? Nihilistic, avant-garde comedy? Daisies remains a fascinating cinematic rollercoaster. Remarkable and refreshingly uncompromising, it continues to provoke, stimulate and entertain.

Presented from a new HD transfer this region-free Blu-ray special edition includes Jasmina Blaževič’s acclaimed documentary film portrait of Věra Chytilová, Journey (Cesta) and audio commentaries by Peter Hames and Daniel Bird, and by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan.

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Special Features

• Presented from a new HD re-master and transfer from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.

• New and exclusive audio commentary by the Daughters of Darkness' Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger.

• Audio commentary by film historians Peter Hames and
Daniel Bird.

• Journey (Cesta, 2004) - Jasmina Blaževič’s acclaimed documentary film portrait of Věra Chytilová.

• Trailer (2009).

• 20-page booklet featuring Peter Hames’ substantial essay on the film.

• New and improved English subtitle translation.

• Region Free (A/B/C) Blu-ray.

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Directed by Věra Chytilová
Screenplay – Ester Krumbachová and Věra Chytilová
From an idea by Věra Chytilová and Pavel Juráček
Cinematography – Jaroslav Kučera
Art Direction – Ester Krumbachová and Jaroslav Kučera
Set Design – Karel Lier
Costume Design – Ester Krumbachová
Music – Jiří Šust and Jiří Šlitr
Editing – Miroslav Hájek
Sound – Ladislav Hausdorf

Main Cast
Jitka Cerhová – Marie I
Ivana Karbanová – Marie II
Julius Albert – old man with a beard
Jan Klusák – man with the butterfly collection
Marie Česková – woman in the toilet

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Daisies is also availble on DVD

Věra Chytilová's renowned films Something Different/A Bagful of Fleas, Fruit of Paradise (which includes her short film Ceiling/Strop), and her provocative 1988 film Traps
are also available from Second Run.

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Appreciation

Winner: Grand Prix, Bergamo International Film Festival 1967

"One of the Czech New Wave’s most rebellious, irreverent and boundary-breaking talents... a vibrant innovator, whose uncompromising vision in a decidedly male-run industry made her known as the ‘First Lady of Czech Cinema’ "
Carmen Gray, BFI

"An amazing explosion of pop-art colours, absurdist humour and proto-feminist politics... It’s a trip, a surreal manifesto, a joy to behold" Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph

"My favourite Czech film and one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s" Jonathan Rosenbaum

"Freshly humorous and accessible… A surrealist comedy way ahead of its time" All Movie Guide

"The film is as timeless as it is beautiful" About World Film

"Chytilová's incendiary, surrealistic melée [...] remains one of the key films of the Czech New Wave and it does stand up rather well as a withering, form-bending critique of materialism, patriarchy and human annihilation" David Jenkins, Time Out

"Extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film… displays a remarkable control of filmic language, special effects, rhythm and sight gags" Variety

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