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10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Milena Dravic ... Milena
Ivica Vidovic ... Vladimir Ilyich
Jagoda Kaloper ... Jagoda
Tuli Kupferberg ... US Soldier
Zoran Radmilovic ... Radmilovic

Jackie Curtis ... Herself
Miodrag Andric ... Soldier
Zivka Matic ... Landlady
Dragoljub Ivkov
Nikola Milic
Milan Jelic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Buckley ... Himself
Betty Dodson ... Herself
Mikheil Gelovani ... Joseph Stalin (archive footage)
Nancy Godfrey ... Herself
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Wilhelm Reich ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Dusan Makavejev 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dusan Makavejev 

Produced by
Dusan Makavejev .... producer
Svetozar Udovicki .... producer
Original Music by
Bojana Marijan 
Cinematography by
Aleksandar Petkovic 
Predrag Popovic  (as Pega Popovic)
Film Editing by
Ivanka Vukasovic 
Production Design by
Dragoljub Ivkov 
Costume Design by
Mirjana Ostojic 
Makeup Department
Zorica Randic .... makeup artist
Production Management
Srdjan Ilic .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ratko Ilic .... assistant director
Bojana Marijan .... assistant director
Sound Department
Miodrag Petrovic-Sarlo .... sound editor (as Sarlo)
Camera and Electrical Department
Zivorad Nesic .... assistant camera
Other crew
Ljubica Petrovic .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"W.R. - Misterije organizma" - Yugoslavia (original title)
"W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism" - USA (DVD title)
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84 min | Sweden:85 min
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Banned in Yugoslavia immediately after release.See more »
[greeting the naked Jagoda]
Radmilovic:Oh, Calcutta!
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Featured in Zabranjeni bez zabrane (2007) (V)See more »


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27 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Funny and thoughtprovoking..., 15 April 2003
Author: Liam Kennedy from Hanover, NH

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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