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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 ...
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Vladimir Ilyich
Jagoda Kaloper ...
Jagoda
Tuli Kupferberg ...
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Zoran Radmilovic ...
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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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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Not your run of the mill film.
13 January 2003 | by (Leominster Mass USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this originally at a showing at the British Film Institute years ago and it blew my mind. Every film student should see it. A subversive mix of politics and sex, it shows just how boring and middle class Monty Python, the Farrelly Brothers, et al really are. A non sequitur to the 9th degree, it shows the power that cinema can have on an audience. Considering the age of this film, it is incredible how outrageous it is. Once you've seen it, you will never forget it. It is truly a land mark film in the realm of the surreal. A must viewing for everyone.


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