Bad Girl Věra Chytilová?: Daisies and Limits of Feminist Identity Politics

Conversation with Jindřiška Bláhová, Czech film historian and leading film critic, took place on September, 23rd, 2021.

Conversation with Jindřiška Bláhová, Czech film historian and leading film critic.

Věra Chytilová’s 1966 modernist tour de force Daisies (Sedmikrásky) has been considered by Western feminists as a feminist manifesto. Despite the fact that Chytilová insisted that she was not a feminist. How feminist the film really is? How does it manifest the director’s creative energies and style, how the game is changed if we consider that it was a collaborative piece of two women and a man, and how does it relate – in terms of depiction of female agency and perennial topics – to her earlier and later films, namely The Ceiling, The Apple Game and Traps, Traps, Little Traps? A 30 minutes talk will be followed by Q&A.

Moderation by Filma collective.


Photo of the film critic Jindřiška Bláhová
Jindřiška Bláhová is a film historian, film critic of a leading Czech weekly Respekt and editor-in-chief of film magazine Cinepur. She earned her Ph.D. on Hollywood and Eastern Europe after WWII from British School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia and from Film Studies Department at Charles University in Prague, where she worked as an assistant professor for last seven years. She is currently working on a book on the pre-1989 history of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. She is a FIPRESCI member and since 2014 a chairwoman of Czech Film Critics Association.