Film as a Subversive Art

WR: Mysteries of the Organism

Yugoslavia, West Germany197185mincolor/b&wDocumentary

Dusan Makavejev’s drew huge global controversy after its screening at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival in 1971. Based on the work by the Marxist psychologist and sexual studies scientist Wilhelm Reich, the film combines four (or more) films - an educational film about Wilhelm Reich, a feature film about Milena, the relationship between communism and sex, and the connection between spirit and matter. The film is a clever mix of rough, blatant, and bold documentaries and fiction. caused outrage in Tito's Yugoslavia, banned for 16 years and also banned in numerous other countries. This year, the film marks its 50th anniversary. After all those years, it still surprises us with forwarding content and aesthetics going beyond our contemporary times.

1971 Berlin International Film Festival
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1932. Many of his works belong to the Yugoslavian movement Novi Film(aka. Black Wave). Several of his films were censored because of their political and sexual themes. In 1973, he left Yugoslavia and subsequently taught at various universities in the USA. He died in 2019.
  • Fri. Oct 29, 2021


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