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Czech movie director Vera Chytilova dies at 85 in Prague

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo Czech film director Vera Chytilova poses for photographer at her home. Czech film director Vera Chytilova, one of the leading filmmakers of the new wave of the Czechoslovak cinema of the 1960s has died.The Czech public radio and television say Chytilova died Wednesday March 12, 2014 in Prague. She was 85. For last several years, Chytilova was battling an unspecified illness. Chytilova’s highly acclaimed farcical comedy “Daisies” from 1966 represented a radical departure from the socialist realism, a typical communist-era filmmaking focusing on the working class. It was immediately banned before winning the Grand Prix at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy in 1967. (AP Photo/CTK, Rene Volfik) SLOVAKIA OUT
March 12, 2014 - 10:06 AM

PRAGUE - 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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