A touchstone of the Czech New Wave that is best described as a feminist, psychedelic, surreal Eastern European answer to Howard Hawks’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum calls this film “one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s.” Two young women, each named Marie, decide to behave outrageously in response to the world: they consume as much as possible, devouring expensive food paid for by rich men, setting in motion a series of pranks leading to a violent climax. The film’s release was delayed a year and then banned immediately by the government. 

Click here to read Peter Lucas's review in Glasstire.


The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; the National Film Preservation Foundation; Franci and Jim Crane; James V. Derrick; and Lynn S. Wyatt.

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Vera Chytilová
Czech with English subtitles
Running Time
74 minutes