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Věra Chytilová's follow up to her ground-breaking exercise in anarchic cinema Daisies (1966) - the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise

Věra Chytilová's follow up to her ground-breaking exercise in anarchic cinema Daisies (1966) - the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise

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The late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, followed the success of her ground-breaking exercise in anarchic cinema Daisies (1966) with the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise. An experimental, densely symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story, Chytilová utilizes every cinematic tool to create a ravishing tapestry of ideas, textures, and visual tropes.


Cementing Chytilová’s reputation as cine-anarchist, Fruit of Paradise was condemned by the authorities, banned from export and the funds withheld from Chytilová so that she would be powerless to realise her "vehicles of nihilism". Unseen for many years outside of its native Czechoslovakia the film is a cornerstone of the Czech New Wave and remains a stunning tour-de-force of colour, technique and formalism.

Reviews

"Chytilova's wild, extravagant, and ravishing romp... intoxicating on a sensual level" Jonathan Rosenbaum

"An audacious combination of allegorical narrative and the avant-garde... a brilliantly executed aesthetic exercise. It is formalism at its most beautiful" Daniel Bird, Central Europe Review


Special features

  • All new HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
  • Věra Chytilová’s renowned 1961 short film Ceiling (Strop).
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.

The late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, followed the success of her ground-breaking exercise in anarchic cinema Daisies (1966) with the even more extraordinary Fruit of Paradise. An experimental, densely symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story, Chytilová utilizes every cinematic tool to create a ravishing tapestry of ideas, textures, and visual tropes.


Cementing Chytilová’s reputation as cine-anarchist, Fruit of Paradise was condemned by the authorities, banned from export and the funds withheld from Chytilová so that she would be powerless to realise her "vehicles of nihilism". Unseen for many years outside of its native Czechoslovakia the film is a cornerstone of the Czech New Wave and remains a stunning tour-de-force of colour, technique and formalism.

Reviews

"Chytilova's wild, extravagant, and ravishing romp... intoxicating on a sensual level" Jonathan Rosenbaum

"An audacious combination of allegorical narrative and the avant-garde... a brilliantly executed aesthetic exercise. It is formalism at its most beautiful" Daniel Bird, Central Europe Review


Special features

  • All new HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
  • Věra Chytilová’s renowned 1961 short film Ceiling (Strop).
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by author and film programmer Peter Hames.
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.

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SKU 5060114150904
Catalogue Number SRDVD095
Subtitle a film by Věra Chytilová
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1969
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Run DVD
Countries Czechoslovakia
Colour Colour
Subtitles English
Language(s) Czech
Running time 97 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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