THE VERY LATE AFTERNOON OF A FAUN
FAUNOVO VELMI POZDNÍ ODPOLEDNE
1983, 99 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

Vera Chytilová’s third and final collaboration with writer-costume designer Ester Krumbachová - with whom she also co-scripted DAISIES and FRUIT OF PARADISE - is an unsparing portrait of an aging Don Juan who foolishly clings to youth by pursuing younger women. A pointed riposte to the libidinal wish-fulfillment fantasies peddled by so many male directors, this caustic comedy mercilessly skewers male vanity and gives women the last laugh. - Brooklyn Academy of Music


PANELSTORY
PANELSTORY ANEB JAK SE RODÍ SÍDLISTE
1980, 96 min, Czechoslovakia, Dir: Věra Chytilová

One of the unsung masterpieces of Vera Chytilová’s still largely obscure post-’60s career, this stingingly satiric yet deeply human tragicomedy surveys the everyday absurdity of existence in a ramshackle, perpetually-under-construction prefab housing complex: a monument to Communist idealism that, in its forlorn shoddiness, becomes a symbol of its failings. Blending slapstick gags with a jagged vérité visual style, Chytilová fashions a devastatingly funny portrait of life in a (literally) crumbling society. - Brooklyn Academy of Music


FRUIT OF PARADISE
OVOCE STROMU RAJSKÝCH JÍME
1970, 99 min, Czechoslovakia/Belgium, Dir: Věra Chytilová

A Palme d'Or nominee at Cannes, this striking feature would be writer-director Chytilová’s last for several years in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Prefaced with an experimental sequence in which colorfully treated images of Eden wash over the screen, the film tells a tale of temptation in which Eva (Jitka Nováková) and her husband visit a health spa, where she becomes fascinated by the mysterious Robert (Jan Schmid) – who may actually be a killer.


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