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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.


Dusan Makavejev


Dusan Makavejev
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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


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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Banned in Yugoslavia immediately after release. See more »


Soldier: My One goes off like a gun! My Two is like a bolt from the blue!
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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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Took me a while to realize this was supposed to be a comedy.
14 August 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Silly me I suppose. I had no idea what I was in for. I knew nothing about the movie and it caught me off guard.

At first I though this was being one of those artistic documentary like movies, in which a whole bunch of people are having deep thoughts about life and happiness. It took me a while to realize that it were all characters in this movie and it wasn't being a documentary at all. It's more a sort of satire and if you take it that way this movie is being pretty bearable and good enough for what it is.

Not that this movie is just for everybody though. It's the sort of cheaply made artistic movie, that's filled with metaphors and doesn't necessarily following a main plot line in it. Some people will hate it, while others shall absolutely love it. I was stuck in the middle somewhere.

Thing I liked about this movie is that it's also being the sort of movie that makes you think. It makes you think about what you're seeing and what the characters in it are trying to tell you with their actions and pieces of dialog. It's probably true that you could keep watching this movie over and over again and get more- or completely different things out of it, each time you watch it.

But it's still not my cup of tea. It's being a bit too vague and odd all at times and most of its themes don't even feel all that relevant anywhere in today's world and present morals and standards. Perhaps you should look at it more as a period piece, from a time when there still was sexual repression and communism and capitalism still seemed like a real threat to the world.

Still a great watch for some people. Just not for me.



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10 May 1971 (Yugoslavia) See more »

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Rangeley, Maine, USA See more »

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Neoplanta Film, Telepool See more »
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1.37 : 1
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