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MBC Interactive Archive Project - "Rebels of the 1970s" - WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM by Dusan Makavejev

  • 21 Apr 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:55 PM
  • O Cinema South Beach at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
  • 60


WED, APRIL 21, 7p:



(W.R. - Misterije organizma)

Directed by DUSAN MAKAVEJEV/Yugoslavia/1968-71/1hr, 24mins.

WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM Spanish pressbook, 1970. #MBCarchive

Yugoslavia was at the heart of the sexual revolution thanks to cinema l’enfant terrible Dusan Makavejev and others. Makavejev’s masterwork is a clash between documentary (a tribute to the psychology and philosophy of Wilhelm Reich) and free flying narrative (the story of girl’s sexual awakening). Put those together and you have one of the most outrageous avant-garde cinematic creations that came out of 1960s-70s Eastern Europe. (In Serbo-Croation, German, Russian and English with English subtitles).     

“What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Dušan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins as an investigation into the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality.”-Criterion Collection



The MBC Interactive Archive exhibition: 1980s



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