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.
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