Czech Filmmaker Vera Chytilova Dies at 85

Vera Chytilova
Vera Chytilova
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PRAGUE (AP) — Czech film director Vera Chytilova, one of the leading filmmakers of the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, has died. She was 85.

Czech public radio and television, citing relatives, say Chytilova died Wednesday in Prague after battling an unspecified illness for several years.

Chytilova's highly acclaimed farcical comedy Daisies from 1966 represented a radical departure from socialist realism, a typical communist-era genre focusing on the working class. It was immediately banned before winning the Grand Prix at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy in 1967.

Unlike some of her colleagues such as Milos Forma, Jan Nemec and Ivan Passer, Chytilova didn't emigrate after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The newly established hard-line communist regime banned her films and from new filmmaking for several years.

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