Only a thinking person can be a full person | Věra Chytilová, 1929-2014


Vera Chytilova 1950s

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

Vera Chytilova

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

Vera Chytilova Ceiling 1962
Věra Chytilová, Ceiling, 1962
Daisies 17
Věra Chytilová, Sedmikrásky / Daisies (1966)
Fruit of Paradise 1970
Věra Chytilová, Fruit of Paradise, 1970
“The most important thing is getting beyond yourself, trying not to work on something familiar, but rather trying to penectrate further. You don’t really begin working creatively until you are at a point where you don’t know, where you are finding out. Each stop forward involves an immense amount of strenuous effort.”
Věra Chytilová, 1967
Vera Chytilova with a Meopta Admira 8 II camera 1956

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).


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Věra with friends

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