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Critics reviews
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Dušan Makavejev Yugoslavia, 1971
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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Makavejev risked being misread as a simplistic anti-Communist libertarian. . . . In fact, [he] is attempting something far more difficult and valuable: a critical account of the possibilities and limits of two contradictory societies in relation to sex.
June 18, 2007
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