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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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Dusan Makavejev

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

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Release Date:

10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Neoplanta Film,Telepool See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[greeting the naked Jagoda]
Radmilovic: Oh, Calcutta!
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References Halls of Anger (1970) See more »

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A farcical work by a master of comic timing and sensual exhibition…
21 September 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The plot concentrates on Wilhelm Reich's controversial vital energy… Reich believes that unless a mysterious universal phenomenon called "orgone energy" is discharged naturally through sexual union, obsessions and compulsions will erupt...

The film is a collection of these sorts of neuroses, done with exceptional skill and comic action, set in modern-day Yugoslavia… The main character is Milena Dravic, who shouts from her heavily populated apartment: "Politics is for those whose orgasm is incomplete!" Complimenting the idealistic Milena are two female sexologists who are obsessed with the physical nature of human relations...

The film is a blast at repression of any kind—political or moral—and a poem to uninhibited sexual intercourse... Repression sickens and enslaves, whereas nature's physical pleasure sets the human spirit free…

There is an abundance of vivacious sexual encounters, much nudity, and constant immersing into other social taboos, but the film's coup de grâce is a natural mixing of erotica, humor, and politics...


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