Stanford Cinematheque presents Věra Chytilová's Fruit of Paradise

Sponsored by Department of Art & Art History


Friday, November 15, 2019
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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McMurtry Building, Room 115
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Stanford Cinematheque co-presents, with Stanford’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), Věra Chytilová’s Fruit of Paradise (1970, 99 minutes)

Věra Chytilová’s follow-up to her avant-garde landmark Daisies is less heralded but may be even more audaciously abstract. Chytilová and Krumbachová’s script resets the story of Adam and Eve in a crumbling health spa where a married woman is menaced and fascinated by a mysterious stranger: a devilish charmer in a red velvet suit who may be a serial killer. Unfolding in a kaleidoscopic swirl of hallucinatory, highly processed imagery—including a stunning, primordial opening sequence of luscious, floral double exposures—and set to a thunderous, wall-to-wall symphonic score by Zdeněk Liška, Fruit of Paradise is a senses-scrambling odyssey rich in feminist and political symbolism.

The film is presented in conjunction with the CREEES 50th Anniversary Film Series: Images of 1969

Image: Screenshot from Věra Chytilová’s Fruit of Paradise.

VISITOR INFORMATION: Room 115 is located on the ground level of the McMurtry Building at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free all day on weekends and after 4 pm on weekdays, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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