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Oct 3, 2017 7:00 PM

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

WINDOW TO EUROPE FILM SERIES - Yugoslavia

 



Window to Europe presents one extraordinary European film each month,

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WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (1971)
Director: Dušan Makavejev

Run Time: 85 min.
Origin: Yugoslavia

Sex and politics are never separated. How can sex, though, become dangerous to the government's power?

What does the energy harnessed through an 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.

Watch a clip, here.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Dušan Makavejev (born 1932) is a Serbian, former Yugoslavian, filmmaker most known for his works which contributed to the Black Wave film movement. Makavejev's first three feature films, Man Is Not a Bird, Love Affair and Innocence Unprotected all won him international acclaim. He won won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. His 1971 film W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism was banned in Yugoslavia due to its sexual and political content. The political scandal surrounding Makavejev's film effectively ended hisdomestic career and caused him to leave Yugoslavia and work abroad in Europe and North America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to showtime. 
Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.

 

 

Venue:

Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Oct 3, 2017 7:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Centre


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