This is the kind of comedy however that isn't so much laugh out loud, mostly because your jaw is on the floor for much of the viewing, either in something like shock or confusion, but more the kind that hits you on a sort of intellectual plane, or an emotional one. It's humor stems from its absurdity, which is so unique that it is hard to define or describe, but can be called surreal definitely.
Boogie Nights meets the Antichrist (not the von Trier film) in an authentic mosh-posh storytelling style; an interesting juxtaposition presented in an even more interesting way. The danger is that people see it and start glorifying the historic failures and the dehumanization of the obsession to have an orgasm presented in the film.
The point is clear: sex is not only a good thing but a primal need that can unleash the "orgasm," a life energy. Repressive societies like our puritanical one or the communist one fear and suppress the orgasm with hero worship, abstractions, distractions, and police powers. Only the chosen ones get the rewards of sex. But these chosen ones have no clue what they are doing and, in the end, prefer destruction.
Fascinating and definitely radical as hell. I really liked the different mediums and methods Makavejev used to compose this very strange and very surreal cinematic essay. I suppose the political context of the film felt a little lost on me at times, but perhaps this can fixed with time. I'm definitely fascinated with seeing more films from Makavejev as this was certainly unlike much I've seen before.
Really hope Makavejev's got another ace like Sweet Movie in his filmography because this was really underwhelming. Historically important, interesting and groundbreaking as it may be, but when it feels incredibly contrived without the (visual) balls to it, I'm quickly lost in the sea of indifference... mmm.
One of the films that I would love to re-watch. So many going on here and there. A peculiar non-narrative film filled with subliminal inserts with non-conventional themes cris-crossing its sublime efforts to meld political anarchy with sex and exploring new routes of perceptual difficulties. <3
a surreal journey into the relationship between human nature and politics, WR is nothing short of groundbreaking. It dares to confront the sexual revolution with unbridled passion and reactionary structure. It's striking symbolism and bizarre narrative makes it a radical figure head in arthouse cinema. A must see for anyone interested in avant garde.
Probably the best of Makevejev's filmic collages, layering all manner of socio-political strands into a uneven, but brilliant whole. I've seen it at least three times now and each viewing reveals something new; the political context may be dimmed now, but the themes of liberation and repression, remain bright and saliant.