Věra Chytilová, 1950s
“If there’s something you don’t like, don’t keep to the rules–break them. I’m an enemy of stupidity and simple-mindedness in both men and women and I have rid my living space of these traits.”
Věra Chytilová, 1957 / photo by Václav Chochola
“Everyone does what they can to avoid thinking. Laziness is the most basic human trait. People don’t want to think — they can’t make the connection between entertainment and thought, they want immediate kicks. People will not be human until they get pleasure from thought. Only a thinking person can be a full person.”
“I have always found convention annoying.”
Věra Chytilová with a Meopta Admira 8 II camera, 1956 / Photo: Zdeněk Tmej
Věra Chytilová (1929 –2014) was an avant-garde Czech film director and pioneer of Czech cinema. Banned by the Czechoslovak government in the 1960s, she is best known for her Czech New Wave film, Sedmikrásky (Daisies).
Věra with friends