*26 August* Sunday film & talk: W. R. – Mysteries of Organism

Posted on September 28, 2018


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Doors: 8 pm
Start: 8.30 pm

Join us for a trip into a unique period of a vanished country and its counterculture. The series of screening will retrace some most remarkable ex-Yugoslavian film productions from mid-1960’s to begin 1970’s. This is so-called Black Wave in the orbit of its centripetal year of 1968. It is critical and experimental cinema dealing with non-allied fusion of Marxism, market economy, the cult of leader and self-management.

The special guests are invited to share their expertise, and everyone is most welcome to join in an informal conversation as well. Later this year a selection of impressions from these series will be published in the Korean magazine Ob.scene.

The first film to be tested is “W. R. – Mysteries of Organism” by Dušan Makavejev (1971)

Summary:

W. R. – Mysteries of Organism is a kaleidoscopic and dialectical collage of documentary and fictional footage. The film opens with the documentary about Wilhelm Reich (W.R.), the controversial psychoanalyst who had fled Nazi Germany to the US. Later he was imprisoned by McCarthyites, and his publications were confiscated and burned. Other segments of the film are performative actions in the streets of New York, a fictional story set in Yugoslavia, activities of the beatnik and hippie movements, Soviet and Nazi propaganda films, Coppertone and Coca-Cola radio ads, therapeutical group sessions, etc. Furthermore, the film is affectionate and tragicomic when handling the fictional core narrative with a naïve and rhetorical presentation of Reich sexual politics.

(This short-cut is based on Pavle Levi’s book ‘Disintegration in Frames’, 2007.)

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