MoMA Presents

Věra Chytilová’s Something Different

Aug 25–27, 2021


O nĕčem jiném (Something Different). 1963. Czechoslovakia. Directed by Věra Chytilová. Courtesy Janus Films
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center

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Věra Chytilová’s debut feature intercuts between the stories of a gymnast and a housewife; while both women are in their prime, the worlds they inhabit tell them otherwise. The gymnast goes through backbreaking training to prepare for her final competition before retirement. The young housewife is married to an indifferent husband and lives a monotonous routine taking care of a young child. The former is documentary and the latter is fiction—and both shine as authentic, detailed observations of women trying to live life to the fullest. A key figure of the Czechoslovak New Wave, Chytilová is celebrated for her formal innovation and subversive wit, as exemplified by her best-known work, Daisies (1966), an experimental comedy about two women wreaking havoc everywhere they go.

Organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

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    Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.


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