“No excitement can ever equal the elemental force of the orgasm!”
Through a creative mixture of documentary and fictional footage, Yugoslavian director Dusan Makavejev explores the links between sexual and political freedom in the Cold War era.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Eastern European Films
- Satires and Spoofs
- Sexual Liberation
Response to Peary’s Review:
Though he acknowledges Makavejev’s stylistic ingenuity in WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Peary seems less than excited by the overall impact of this heady cinematic pastiche, lamenting the film’s lost opportunity to fully explore the “radical “free love’ philosophy” of Wilhelm Reich (the “WR” of the film’s title). Viewed years later, however, it’s possible to appreciate WR as more than the sum of its (at times confusing) parts. Makavejev uses Reich’s controversial therapy techniques and untimely death as the inspirational starting point for a heady meditation on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness through political and sexual freedom. While his points may not always be clear — as Peary points out, for instance, it’s difficult at times to tell whether Makavejev is mocking Reich’s disciples or lauding their work — his images never fail to provoke and/or shock.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A provocative mix of documentary and fictional footage
Yes; this cult movie remains a unique artistic and political statement.
- Controversial Film
- Cult Movie
- Foreign Gem
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)