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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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.
Sex as revolution to get more sex vs. sex as revolution to get more revolution. This is one of the few films made by a cis man I'd call truly feminist. It's filled with a delightful rage balanced with an alternate window into joy. ALSO Jackie is an icon.
WR ought be held in especially high esteem as far as countercultural cinematic UFOs from the late-60s / early 70s are concerned. It has a number of things going for it: 1) comes at the West, sure (what wasn't?), but also comes at the East in a way that nobody else was and which is totally instructive; 2) comes from a place that is learned; 3) is extremely wry; 4) finds the exact right from (which is no one else's).
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.
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.