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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)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Milena Dravic ...
Ivica Vidovic ...
Vladimir Ilyich
Jagoda Kaloper ...
Tuli Kupferberg ...
US Soldier
Zoran Radmilovic ...
Miodrag Andric ...
Zivka Matic ...
Dragoljub Ivkov
Nikola Milic
Milan Jelic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Buckley ...
Betty Dodson ...
Mikheil Gelovani ...
Joseph Stalin (archive footage)
Nancy Godfrey ...


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 <>

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Funny and thoughtprovoking...
15 April 2003 | by (Hanover, NH) – See all my reviews

Makavejev was always one of the clowns of the Third Cinema, and WR, his masterpiece, is no exception. Makavejev interweaves fiction, documentary, and found audio and video clips (a Stalinist propaganda film, electro-shock treatment footage) to create a fantastically bizarre but intelligent discussion of both the orgone energy theory of Wilhelm Reich and the relationship between Yugoslavia and the USSR in a post-Stalinist era.

I know. It sounds tedious, but it isn't. In fact, it's really fascinating. Among the clips Makavejev (a film theoretician in his own right, WR harkens back to the pre-Stalinist era of Soviet Montage) assembles are footage of performance art by the Yippie poet/singer Tuli Kapferberg and documentary clips of Jim Buckley, an editor for Screw Magazine, getting a mold of his penis made.

WR is bizarre, dogmatic, and at times, hard to watch, but having seen it twice now, I've come to appreciate its ways. By the time Vladimir breaks into song at the film's end, you'll be smiling too.

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