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Directed by Věra Chytilová • 1962 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Marta Kanovská, Julián Chytil, Josef Abrhám
Informed by the director’s experiences working as a fashion model, Věra Chytilová’s remarkably assured graduation film—which she was able to make only by duping state censors with a phony script—mixes vérité observation and New Wave stylistic experimentation to depict the everyday life of a model (Marta Kanovská), the ways in which her body is commodified by the industry, and the alienation she feels.