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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.

Director:

Dusan Makavejev

Writer:

Dusan Makavejev
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Milena Dravic ... Milena
Ivica Vidovic Ivica Vidovic ... Vladimir Ilyich
Jagoda Kaloper ... Jagoda
Tuli Kupferberg Tuli Kupferberg ... US Soldier
Zoran Radmilovic Zoran Radmilovic ... Radmilovic
Jackie Curtis ... Self
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 ... Self
Betty Dodson ... Self
Mikheil Gelovani ... Joseph Stalin (archive footage)
Nancy Godfrey Nancy Godfrey ... Self
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #389. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: My Seven goes to heaven! My Eight never comes late!
Jagoda: Never?
Soldier: Care to try?
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Alternate Versions

Although this film was passed uncut for UK cinemas upon its original release, the 1995 Connoisseur Video release used an edited print which was shown on Channel 4 as part of a 1991 censorship season. This TV version used psychedelic computer generated masking techniques to hide some of the more explicit details, including genuine sex during the opening Soviet sex education film, the images on the wall paintings showing people masturbating, and all shots of Jim Buckley's penis as a plaster cast is made of it (which was obscured by digitally animated stars). See more »

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References Without a Stitch (1968) See more »

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26 April 2006 | by theintriguingSee all my reviews

I loved the playfulness within the context of an enactment of a man's ideas. So to 'get' the film fully, perhaps one may want to read one or more of Reich's books. I have read (and enjoyed) Mass Psychology of Fascism. Good luck on your own interpretations and conclusions. The film really is brilliant in many ways. In the times in which we live it is interesting to look at a piece made decades ago that can and does speak to the possibility of a different way of life. In other words, this picture presents something bigger and more meaningful to those who care to interpret it. It is refreshing to see something that is not a documentary but not a typical narrative film. I hope more people find it as strange and fascinating as I did.


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Release Date:

10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

WR: Mysteries of the Organism See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Neoplanta Film, Telepool See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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