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10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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It's a mystery alright! See more (31 total) »

Cast

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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 
 
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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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Runtime:
84 min | Sweden:85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Included in Roger Ebert's Great Movies.See more »
Quotes:
Soldier:My Five takes a dive! My Six knows all the tricks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nightmare (1981)See more »

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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
It's a mystery alright!, 10 May 2006
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

WR: Mysteries of the Organism, is one unique if not messed up viewing experience. Part documentary and part fictional surrealist philosophical sex comedy, Serbo-Croatian director Dusan Makavejev assaults the viewers senses with imagery, music, politics and satire. "Mysteries of the Organism" is on many top 1000 film lists, but for some odd reason it is nearly impossible to track down. Just like Makavejev's other film "Sweet Movie", I was put on a several month waiting list on Amazon. Thank god for ebay! This is a film that screams for a DVD release, but I don't think many distributors want to touch it due to it's explicit sexuality and subversive elements. The film starts off as a documentary on Wilhelm Reich, a scientist who studied the orgon and used the human orgasm as a method for healing. Of course, similar to the scientist Tesla; his books were seized and burned by the U.S. government and FDA. Then the second part of the film deals with Milena, a sexually liberated Yugoslavian girl who makes revolutionary speeches on her apartment balcony. She says "The October Revolution failed by not excepting free love". Later she falls in love with a Soviet figure skater who's afraid to express his sexual feelings. So this film is a comedy, based on the politics of human sexuality. It mocks capitalism and communism for suppressing people's sexual desires. Now if only I could find the soundtrack. My rating is 10/10, which means I'll watch it again!

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