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With: Milena Dravic, Ivica Vidovic, Jagoda Kaloper, Tuli Kupferberg, Zoran Radmilovic, Jackie Curtis, Miodrag Andric, Zivka Matic
Written by: Dusan Makavejev
Directed by: Dusan Makavejev
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles
Running Time: 85
Date: 06/01/1971

WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Sex and Politics

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Often considered Yugoslavian filmmaker Dusan Makavejev's masterpiece, WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) is a truly weird film. It begins with the story of former Freud associate Wilhelm Reich and his theories about the relationship between sex and politics. In other words, expressing sexual freedom leads to political freedom. But the theories get more and more ridiculous, involving isolation booths and people experiencing weird, painful-looking convulsions. The "plot" of the movie continues with the affair between a liberated girl and a Soviet figure skater. A crazy hippie with a fake gun wanders around New York City from time to time, and we learn a little about an American transvestite (Jackie Curtis). Finally, the editor of Screw magazine gets his penis sculpted in plaster. Taken separately none of these events makes sense, but viewed as a whole it's a stunning picture. See also: Sweet Movie.

DVD Details: The Criterion Collection released this movie on DVD in 2007.

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