Daisies

Marie I and Marie II, the unholy-fool heroines of Vera Chytilová's anarchic 1966 Czech New Wave classic Daisies, have insatiable appetites: not just for pickles, sausages, bananas, and other suggestively shaped food, but for mayhem in general. Similarly, Daisies, a dada, gaga series of high jinks, oral fixations, and aggressive regression, devours the borders between sense and nonsense. A riot of technical tricks, Daisies shifts between color, black-and-white, and tinted images and includes a scene in which the two Maries, wielding scissors, essentially turn themselves into paper dolls. The two Maries—played by non-professionals Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová—regularly erupt in Woody Woodpecker–like laughs, their maniacal giggles belying the stealth radicals they're portraying. Think a Laugh-In-era Goldie Hawn on a subversive mission behind the Iron Curtain, times two. When not toying with older gents, their other hobbies include pyromania, rolling down grassy hills, and amateur linguistics. Their antics, purposefully wearying, reach maximum pandemonium during a gluttonous episode that soon becomes an orgiastic food fight. These two slim, mod beauties revel in their infantile defilement before swinging from chandeliers and catwalking down the buffet table. Freewheeling and unclassifiable, banned by Czech censors, the film was dedicated "to those who get upset only over a stomped-upon bed of lettuce." (No late show Sat. & Thurs.; no early show Wed.) MELISSA ANDERSON

Nov. 9-15, 7:15 & 9 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m., 2012

 
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