W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma)
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W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma)
"W.R." is pioneering sexologist Wilhelm Reich, whose precedent-breaking theories concerning carnal behavior and politics (including the invention of the orgone box) made him persona non grata in most psychoanalytic circles. By all accounts, Reich began his career brilliantly - as the next great successor to Freud and Jung; he then delved into extraordinarily controversial work that divided his critics, leading some to conclude that Reich had experienced a psychotic break from reality. Dusan Makavejev is the equally controversial Yugoslavian director fascinated by Reich's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The wittiest and possibly truest thing in it is an analysis of Stalinist propaganda films as displaced pornography."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is no wonder then that the film, which begins by proclaiming that life should be joyful, turns out to be one of the gloomiest of recent memory."
‑ David Bienstock, New York Times
"A truly weird film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The title is all you need to know that this film is out of the ordinary."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"ndeed, it's hard to think of a headier mix of fiction and nonfiction, or sex and politics, than this brilliant 1971 Yugoslav feature by Dusan Makavejev."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An insanely brilliant comedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Funny, funny."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Makavejev's defining work is one of eerily appropriate juxtapositions, fact and fiction, old footage and new"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Although it seemed like some kind of breakthrough at the time, Makavejev's film isn't improving with age."
‑ , Time Out
"It's worth seeing because it gets one's juices flowing whether buying into the martyred Reich's theories or not."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Audacious Cold War Yugoslavian essay establishes the relationship between sex, power and liberation."
‑ , Film4