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29 April

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Chytilová on
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Links to online resources
on Věra Chytilová



Here is a selective list of available web materials on the Czech director Věra Chytilová. All links were functioning and descriptions accurate as of the date of publication (30 April 2002).

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Articles in Kinoeye
  • Angry young girls
    Gender representations in the films of Věra Chytilová
  • Chytilová's heroines rebelliously try to subvert the patriarchal system and gender stereotypes—and fail. Małgorzata Radkiewicz examines the plight of female leads in two of Chytilová's most famous films.
  • The void behind the mask
    Game-playing in the films of Věra Chytilová
  • The mortality of human life and the shallowness of existence are repeated themes in Chytilová's work. Ivana Košuličová explores how these themes are realised through the concept of the game.
  • "Now I don't know how to keep on going"
    The early films of Věra Chytilová
  • In Chytilová's early films, there is already clear evidence of the themes that would continue to obsess her, expressed in a unique and remarkable style, as Jiří Cieslar argues.
  • Against destruction
    Věra Chytilová's Panelstory (Prefab Story, 1979)
  • Images of destruction, especially in opposition to creativity or a utopia, are a perennial motif for Chytilová. Andrew James Horton looks at a film in which this reaches an apogee.
  • Bones, bones, bone-eater...
    Věra Chytilová's Pasti, pasti, pastičky (Traps, 1998)
  • Pasti, pasti, pastičky was largely a disappointment for the critics. Jaromír Blažejovský explains how it fits into Chytilová's oeuvre and prepares the viewer for some of the film's "problems."
  • Naked allegory
    Věra Chytilová's Vyhnání z ráje
    (Expulsion from Paradise, 2001)
  • Chytilová's latest tale of moral decay has confounded critics with its deliberate contrasting of acting styles and mixed levals of reality. Dora Viceníková analyses the film.
  • Can we live with the truth?
    Věra Chytilová's Ovoce stromů rajských jíme
    (Fruit of Paradise, 1969)
  • Critics widely misunderstood Chytilová's operatic parable on its release. Daniel Bird analyses this film that was "for the next decade."
  • Hitchhiking: The perils and the romance
    Věra Chytilová's Pasti, pasti, pastičky (Traps, 1998)
  • Chytilová's "feminist black comedy" is less controlled than her earlier works and contains mixed messages. Andrew James Horton finds it unsatisfying.

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  • Czech Cinema website
  • Appallingly designed, hard on the eyes and blighted by irritating pop-ups, this website nevertheless contains some interesting information on the Czech New Wave directors, including Chytilová. Most of the information is reproduced (probably without permission) from standard texts on Czech cinema.

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Interviews and writings by the director

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Sarah Andrews

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