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      WR: The Mysteries of the Organism

      Released Oct 13, 1971 1h 20m Fantasy Comedy Drama List
      87% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 73% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A passionate encounter between a Yugoslav beautician and a champion Russian skater demonstrates the theories of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. Read More Read Less

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      Margaret Hinxman Daily Telegraph (UK) An outrageously funny and desperately serious examination of contemporary politico-sexual-psychological attitudes, drawn from the extreme theories of Dr. Wilhelm Reich, arguably the father of the permissive society. Jun 8, 2020 Full Review Melissa Anderson Time Out Rated: 5/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader The wittiest and possibly truest thing in it is an analysis of Stalinist propaganda films as displaced pornography. Nov 6, 2007 Full Review Dilys Powell Sunday Times (UK) Does the nature of the material make it an important film? In my opinion only temporarily. The true quality of Makavejev's work lies in the fact that it is first-hand. It imitates nobody; it lives In its own eccentric world. Jun 2, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's worth seeing because it gets one's juices flowing whether buying into the martyred Reich's theories or not. Rated: A Jul 9, 2008 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid A truly weird film. Jun 28, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      William L "It's not the same as becoming excited sexually ... though it was related to that." Experimental or otherwise explicitly unconventional film all too often feels like it is attempting to be disinct for the sake of distinction alone rather than in pursuit of any sort of vision, or perhaps deliberately obtuse to give the impression that a filmmaker is some sort of misunderstood auteur. Mysteries of the Organism is built on a totally unconventional narrative structure, combining clips from Soviet propaganda films, drama in modern settings, sincere period documentaries of varying subjects, and stitches it all together in service of a larger commentary on the interconnectedness of sexuality, health, and politics; but most importantly, the film is never dull and remains thematically tight despite its seemingly random nature. The film is unconventional without seeming too pretentious, which is more than you can say about a lot of the experimental genre (looking at you, Blonde Cobra). Wilhelm Reich's 'research' was based on nothing objective and can only be considered pseudoscience, but it's not like the film is so much an explicit endorsement of his teachings as it is a representative of one way in which the role of the orgasm has been discussed in mainstream culture. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/01/21 Full Review s r 1001 movies to see before you die. However, this one was so out there, I was embarrassed when I recommended it to some friends without knowing what we were in for. It was graphic and ambitious. Props for their Yugoslavian "critique" on the USSR's communism, but this one is not one I plan to see again. It was on youtube. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Strange but brilliant. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member The life and work of Wilhelm Reich are discussed, and then some communists scream at each other about orgasms and the bourgeois. There is also a singing severed head and some transvestites eating ice cream. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Superficially it's about sex. But really it's about Yugoslavia being in between America and the Soviet Union, about social democracy being in between capitalism and socialism/communism, about the petty bourgeoisie being in between the capitalists and the proletariat. If this film is anything to go by, then Yugoslavia must have been the worst (the most anarchist, the most decadent) communist (or rather socialist) country--as anti-Stalin communists are the worst communists. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Mysteries alright. MYSTERIES. Full review coming to Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A passionate encounter between a Yugoslav beautician and a champion Russian skater demonstrates the theories of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich.
      Dusan Makavejev
      Svetozar Udovicki
      Dusan Makavejev
      Cinema 5 Distributing, Facets
      Production Co
      Neoplanta Film, Telepool
      Fantasy, Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 13, 1971, Wide
      1h 20m
      Sound Mix