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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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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 ... 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Banned in Yugoslavia immediately after release. See more »

Quotes

Radmilovic: Gentlemen, in our Democracy, everyone is entitled to a doughnut. Some get the doughnut, others get the hole in the doughnut.
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References Playmates (1968) See more »

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Hardly boring - interesting filmmaking and commentary
1 October 2000 | by fiddybopSee all my reviews

I completely disagree with the comments of the previous reviewer. Personally knowing very little about the Orgone or Wilhelm Reich, I derived great enjoyment from this film. In fact, I popped in on the TV just to get an idea of its style and structure (without planning to watch it right then) and ended up getting sucked in and watched it all the way through. Makavejev's filmmaking (that I've seen) is quite different from the norm, but not in an overly self-conscious or self-serving way, like Hal Hartley's efforts. "WR" is egoless, simply using film to draw parallels and make observations that are done quite effectively in Makavejev's unique style. It reminded me of the "I am Curious" films, but those are also a bit too self-conscious for me. I also highly recommend Sweet Movie, a later film of his. I only wanted to post these comments in light of the previous user's comments, as we should all remain aware of how subjective one's tastes are from another's. I didn't like the previous user making such blanket statements like "I suppose it might be watchable enough for people who are familiar with Reich, but if you aren't, then I strongly urge you to avoid this film at all costs." when tastes are obviously so variant - remember, I knew barely anything about WR or the Orgone, and enjoyed the film tremendously. Thanks for your time.


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