We Eat the Fruit of the Trees of Paradise

Věra Chytilová, 1969


Věra Chytilová was one of the most original Czech directors. She was also one of the very few female filmmakers with a long lasting film career. We Eat the Fruit of the Trees of Paradise, however, was the director's last film made in the liberal period of the 1960s. Chytilová as an artist was repeatedly using heterosexual relationships as a topic, infidelity in particular. As the title of the film eloquently suggests, the script was inspired by the biblical characters Eve and Adam. She used their story in a stylized parable, creating a visually thoughtful film constructed through collaboration with scriptwriter and costume designer Ester Krumbachová and cinematographer Jaroslav Kučera. The resulting work of art is spontaneously philosophizing and formally experimenting. Similarly to other allegories, it offers various ways of reading. Needless to say, it is challenging for the audience, which is eventually rewarded with the ultimate cinematic experience.

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About a film

Production year 1969
Countries Czechoslovakia, Belgium
Categories film
Genres allegory
Form feature
Duration 96 min
Director Věra Chytilová
Cast Jitka Nováková, Karel Novák, Jan Schmid, Eva Gabrielová, Julius Albert
Director of photography Jaroslav Kučera
Screenplay Ester Krumbachová, Věra Chytilová
Editor Miroslav Hájek
Production designer Vladimír Labský
Artist Ester Krumbachová
Music Zdeněk Liška
Sound designer Ladislav Hausdorf