WR: Mysteries of the Organism*

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WR: Mysteries of the Organism*

  • 1971 ----- color ----- 84 min ----- vhs
  • (Written and directed by Dusan Makavejev; with Milena Dravic, Jagoda Kaloper, Ivica Vidovic, Zoran Radmilovic, Tuli Kupferberg, Jackie Curtis) WR, a unique blend of fact and fiction, deftly juxtaposes the story of the sexual encounter between the beautiful, liberated Milena and a Soviet figure-skating champion with an exploration of the life and theories of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. He was a pioneering psychologist who advanced theories of sexual liberation decades before they became fashionable, but was arrested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and his books burned by the American government in 1956 and 1960. Filmmaker Makavejev interviews Reich's widow and neighbors, and presents a "hallucinatory melange" of American poet Tuli Kupferberg, excerpts from a monstrous 1940 film starring Stalin, Jackie Curtis of the Warhol factory, Wilhelm Reich discussing his possibly extra-terrestrial origins, and the editor of Screw Magazine having his most important organ lovingly erected and plaster-cast. All this while Honored Peoples Artist Vladimir Ilyich, the Soviet figure-skating champion, cuts off a girl's head after a particularly copious ejaculation to redeem his Communist virginity. (In English and Serbian with English subtitles) (Donated by the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Center) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (Motion Pictures: Features, Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature)