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WR: Mysteries of the Organism

W.R. - Misterije organizma

Directed by Dušan Makavejev
Yugoslavia, West Germany, 1971
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy


What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions) in his surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism.

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WR: Mysteries of the Organism Directed by Dušan Makavejev

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1971 | Directors' Fortnight

Berlin International Film Festival

1971 | Winner: Interfilm Award - Recommendation (Forum)

1971 | Special Mention: FIPRESCI Prize (Forum)


Sub-rational rituals enacted by the performers were designed to have a visceral effect on the viewer, to purge body and soul of the received ideologies that were impairing physical and spiritual health. In other words, Artaud in performance paralleled Reich’s work in psychology and WR is Makavejev’s attempt to fuse both.
October 01, 2018
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Eminently suitable for critical foraging, WR has been discussed from a dizzying array of perspectives… Within this freewheeling universe of discourse, the legacy of Wilhelm Reich becomes a multivalent prism (16) that ultimately sheds light on a largely submerged anarchist history.
July 01, 2011
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In addition to being a joyous articulation of Dušan Makavejev’s radical politics, the free-form aesthetic of WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM conveys a sense of limitless possibility rarely felt in narrative film outside of musicals.
February 11, 2011
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