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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

February 22, 2016

WR: Mysteries of the Organism
W.R.—Misterije organizma

Film still: WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Gold Hugo
Chicago Intl
Film Fest
"It's hard to think of a headier mix of fiction and nonfiction, or sex and politics, than this brilliant 1971 Yugoslav feature..."
  —Jonathan Rosenbaum
4 stars
  —Roger Ebert

Few films match the original humor and brilliant mix of fiction, documentary, and agitprop as does DuŠan Makavejev's WR: Mysteries of the Organism. In a word, it's a masterpiece. The film starts out as an ostensible look at the legacy of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich who was imprisoned by the U.S. government for "quackery." But through a series of absurd vignettes, documentary pieces, and over-the-top theatrics the film equates sexual and political repression. Something that is most clearly illustrated in the dramatized story of a Yugoslav worker who suffers tragic consequences after having sex with a famous Soviet ice skater. WR broke new ground and few films since have been able to match its greatness.

Directed by DuŠan Makavejev, 1971, 85 minutes. In English and Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

The screening will be proceeded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Founder and Director Milos Stehlik.


  • Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m.


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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