Daisies (1966): Directed by Vera Chytilova

Daisies (1966), directed by Věra Chytilová, is one of the films that influenced Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women.

Mike Mills:

This is one of my favorite films. Two women run amok, in a film that’s running amok, political like getting drunk can be political in that there’s some liberation, some powerful rejection of power in unsobriety.

Visually kinetic, non-plot-centric, gorgeous, and infused with a female rebellion and female anger and power in the best way. The color “smears” in my film are not a 60’s reference, they’re a little letter of appreciation to Věra Chytilová. 

Released in 1966, two years before the Prague Spring, the film was labeled as “depicting the wanton” by the Czech authorities and banned.

Director Chytilová was forbidden to work in her homeland until 1975.