About Daisies/Kusama’s Self-Obliteration

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Comedy, Drama
LIBERATED WOMEN Daisies (1966) Directed by Vera Chytilová
Kusama’s Self-Obliteration (1967) Directed by Jud Yalkut

A drolly anarchic cine-provocation that bloomed just before the Prague Spring, Vera Chytilová’s new-wave farce looks better every year. It’s remarkable this feminist Duck Soup buddy film, an expression of pure anti-social revolt, isn’t as well-known as, for example, Bonnie and Clyde—it’s more fun and arguably more transgressive. In 1968, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama rivaled Andy Warhol for notoriety as the subject of tabloid headlines, thanks to the orgiastic happenings, or ‘body festivals,’ she organized in New York City public parks and elsewhere. Kusama’s Self-Obliteration (24 min.) is one such festival, as documented by underground filmmaker Jud Yalkut. Daisies is in Czech with English subtitles. (2K DCP/16mm Presentation)

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