Something Different (1963) follows the lives of two women – a gymnast in gruelling training (real life Olympic gold-medallist Eva Bosáková), and a dissatisfied housewife (Věra Uzelacová). The two strands never meet but provide a progressive comment on each other and the differing roles of the women. In A Bagful of Fleas (1962), the everyday world of young factory girls’ lives in the cotton mills of Náchod conflicts with officialdom.
Presented from all-new HD materials, these two terrific early works from Věra Chytilová introduce themes evident across her career: the feminine point of view in a world of double standards and predatory sexualisation dominated by men, the expectations and strictures of female gender roles, and a strong critique of contemporary society.
Combining elements of cinema vérité and formalism, and spiked with anarchic humour, her films broke with both genre and ideology and charted a new path for Czechoslovak and Eastern European cinema.
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