Director: Věra Chytilová
Year Released: 1966
Two young women behave badly in Czechoslovakia, harassing businessmen and eating all the food - when they're back in their bedroom, they bounce around on the bed and act like pre-teens. I can't find the 'subversive' qualities of this put-on to be all that 'dangerous,' or 'deep' - it's clear that the two female leads are supposed to be irritating and a 'slap in the face of a male-dominated world,' but all they do is eat and act silly, and silliness isn't usurping social conventions, and being aware that one is spending one's time watching two people be silly isn't life-altering. If the girls engaged in thoughtful forms of anarchy a la the Marx Brothers - or went wild like Makavejev used to - I could see what Chytilová was going for, but let's be honest with ourselves: don't Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie do precisely the same thing on the TV show "The Simple Life," by taking on odd jobs, screwing them up, irritating people and generally behaving hedonistic? Who's going to get in line and call "The Simple Life" a "masterpiece" of radical feminism? What, aren't there enough 'psychedelic' moments in the show? What if I cut it so that each episode begins and ends with images from the Iraq war, and I tinted the frames so that it goes from green to blue to red to taupe? Would that convince you? I hope not.