LFS: Daisies

"The only prominent woman among the Czech New Wave directors, Chytilova’s work was subversive, experimental and strongly feminist” NY Times

Showing Times

Mon 23 Jul 18:30

Welcome to your neighbourhood film school, a new series of hosted screenings exploring film history and introducing current debates in cinema culture.  Fill in the gaps in your film knowledge and join the conversation.  London has one of the most exciting and diverse cinema scenes in the world, and we welcome the writers, critics, curators and cultural commentators of the capital to NW10.  Everyone welcome!

Boredom, bikinis and a blistering critique of the beauty myth:  from its first seconds, Vera Chytilova’s ever-fresh Daisies kicks wickedly against the pricks and feels as if it was made today.  An innovative and brilliantly absurd masterpiece of the 60s Czech New Wave, the film was made three years before the Prague Spring but dissent is clearly in the air.  Daisies follows the misadventures of two young women both called Marie who rebelliously scam rich dates, cut off their own heads and wreck an official feast  – with ‘wasting food’ being  the official reason why the film was banned by the Czech authorities.

So Mayer is a writer and activist, and curator with Club des Femmes and will be introducing Daisies. Club des Femmes stop off at the Lexi on their major national tour "Revolt, She Said: Women and Film after ‘68," reflecting on the volcanic change following the events of May 1968, sharing intersectional, queer and feminist stories of revolution.

#LexiFilmSchool takes place on Monday evenings.  Tickets are £8 (£6 to Lexi members), with a reduced price of £20 when all 4 titles are booked at the same time. Each LFS film will be introduced by the speaker, and on the Friday before each screening we’ll email you additional information:  short film notes, links to further reading, and a few suggested 'if you like this, then...' titles. 

You will also receive your code for a free 30 days' subscription to streaming platform, MUBI, providing access to cult, classic and independent films from around the world. 

TERM TWO:  we hand over the Lexi to London’s most exciting curators – it’s the summer term takeover!

Mon 2 July, 6.30pm
WENDY AND LUCY | KELLY REICHARDT, 2008
Speaker:  David Jenkins, Editor, Little White Lies
 
Mon 9 July, 6.30pm
GREY GARDENS | ALBERT MAYSLES, DAVID MAYSLES, ELLEN HOVDE, MUFFIE MAYER, 1975
Speaker:  Sophie Brown, critic and programmer, Doctooth
 
Mon 16 July, 6.30pm
DO THE RIGHT THING | SPIKE LEE, 1989
Speaker:  Anthony Andrews, co-founder, We Are Parable

Mon 23 July, 6.30pm
DAISIES | VERA CHYTILOVÁ, 1966
Speaker:  So Mayer, writer, activist and curator with Club des Femmes

Trailer: 

Film Information

Duration:
74 mins
Subtitled:
No
Certificate:
15

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