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WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

W.R. - Misterije organizma (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia)
A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored.

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Milena Dravic ...
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Vladimir Ilyich
Jagoda Kaloper ...
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Tuli Kupferberg ...
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Zoran Radmilovic ...
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Miodrag Andric ...
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Zivka Matic ...
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Dragoljub Ivkov
Nikola Milic
Milan Jelic
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Betty Dodson ...
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Mikheil Gelovani ...
Joseph Stalin (archive footage)
Nancy Godfrey ...
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A dense film that cuts up footage of a primary plot of two young Yugoslavian girls, one a politico and the other a sexpot, and an affair with a visiting Russian skater. Mixing metaphors of Russia's relationship with Yugoslavia, intercut with footage and interviews with Wilhelm Reich and Al Goldstein of Screw magazine. The film applies Reich's theories of Orgone energy and analogies of Stalinism as a form of Freudian sexual repression. Also known as W.R. The Mysteries of the Organism in English subtitled version. Was banned in Yugoslavia shortly after it was made. Written by Malcolm Humes <mal@emf.net>

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Banned in Yugoslavia immediately after release. See more »

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Radmilovic: Gentlemen, in our Democracy, everyone is entitled to a doughnut. Some get the doughnut, others get the hole in the doughnut.
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References A Walk in the Spring Rain (1970) See more »

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The Citizen Kane of the Sixties!
8 September 1999 | by (charleston, west virginia) – See all my reviews

WR is one of my two favorite films, and is widely considered by people knowledgable about the film and the era as "one of the most profound and humerous films of the decade". I call it the "Citizen Kane of the Sixties" because it did what the first "Citizen Kane" did earlier - it summarized the realities we all were living with in the Sixites in the Global Village - the reality of sexual repression in both the East and West, the horrors of the McCarthy Era in this country, the obsession with sports in Russia, etc., etc. It is no accident that a still from this film is on the cover of one of the greatest books on film, "Film As a Subversive Art" by film critic and founder of the NY Film Festival, Amos Vogel. I can understand why many Americans do NOT understand this film - the organization of the film, the two overlapping storylines, the music - all so different from the Hollywood material. However, it is considered by many including myself to be a masterpiece, as are all the films by its director, Dusan Makavejev. Together, he and Jean-Luc Godard are the two "Picassos" of film since WW II

  • and should both be held as two of the greatest filmmakers of all


time.


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