Following the lives of two women – a gymnast in gruelling training (real life Olympic gold-medallist Eva Bosáková), and a dissatisfied housewife (Věra Uzelacová) – Vera Chytilová’s 1963 feature debut Something Different explores the expectations and confines of 1960s gender roles. Boldly combining documentary and fiction, Chytilová broke conventions of genre and representation, charting a new path for Czechoslovak cinema.
Screening as part of Beginnings, a season of three pioneering debut features that marked pivotal moments in film history. Other films in the season include Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte (1955) and Kathryn Bigelow & Monty Montgomery's The Loveless (1981).
Vera Chytilová | 1964 | Czechoslovakia | 90 mins | PG
Part of Scalarama's month long celebration of cinema.