Daisies + Kusama's Self-Obliteration
DIRECTOR: VēRA CHYTILOVá
CAST: IVANA KARBANOVá, JITKA CERHOVá, MARIE CESKOVá
Director: Jud Yalkut
1968 / 24 mins / 16mm
Liberated Women: A drolly anarchic cine-provocation that bloomed just before the Prague Spring, Věra Chytilová’s new-wave farce looks better every year. Remarkably, 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, 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 is one such festival, as documented by underground filmmaker Jud Yalkut.
Total runtime: 98 mins
Screening in the series Everything Was Now.