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W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia , English, 84 mins

Original Title

W.R. - Misterije Organizma
  • Director: Dusan Makavejev
  • Writer: Dusan Makavejev
  • Producer: Dusan Makavejev; Svetozar Udovicki

CGiii Comment

Half-documentary about Wilhelm Reich...who???

A communist sexologist who died in 1957.

Genital embrace, orgone energy theory and 4,000 orgasms in a lifetime. You have to see it to believe it - hysterically funny, tongue-in-cheek, disturbing and informative.

It is also about the strained relations between the USSR and Yugoslavia - bordering on surreal genius.

Warhol/Morrissey should have watched this before making their crap.

'Politics is for those whose orgasm is incomplete!'

Simply and weirdly superb. It is too long though.


The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Milena Dravic as Milena;
Ivica Vidovic as Vladimir Ilyich;
Jagoda Kaloper as Jagoda;
Tuli Kupferberg as US Soldier;
Zoran Radmilovic as Radmilovic;
Jackie Curtis as Herself;
Miodrag Andric as Soldier;
Zivka Matic as Landlady;
Dragoljub Ivkov;
Nikola Milic; Milan Jelic;
Jim Buckley as Himself;
Betty Dodson as Herself;
Mikheil Gelovani as Joseph Stalin;
Nancy Godfrey as Herself

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