Who Is Afraid of Wilhelm Reich?

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A documentary by ORF2, with English subtitles, and the trailer of a new movie on Reich.

This is an unoffical version of ‘Wer hat Angst vor Wilhem Reich?‘, a documentary by Antonin Swoboda broadcast by the Austrian TV station ORF2 in 2009. YouTube member ‘186Ulysses’ made the translation into English and added the subtitles for all of us to enjoy!

As synchronicity goes, Naman posted this video just yesterday – quite unrelatedly – in Facebook! Thank you.

Many of us sannyasins will probably recognise in his findings the basis of many of the therapies we have gone through ourselves: Rolfing, Bioenergetics, Pulsation, etc.

186Ulysses writes:

The fame of Wilhelm Reich, whose ideas are nowadays anew experiencing a renaissance, especially in the USA, is based on two pillars: The concept of Sexual Revolution and the concept of Orgone Energy.

The film by Antonin Svoboda describes equally informative as well as concise the origin of both concepts as rooted in the life of Wilhelm Reich, embedded in 20th Century History. It is very well suitable for an introduction to life and work of Reich, though not totally objective.

Often Reich is misunderstood as the prophet of our present, outwardly permissive society, who has become in the best case superflous now, but the finding of his diagnosis, that the mechanisms of Capitalism disturb or suppress a natural development of human sexuality, today has more actuality then ever. Who is familiar with the work of Wilhelm Reich, understands, that pornography as well as excessive promiscuity is not a sign of sexual freedom but actually of the contrary.

As a natural scientist Reich may has been a failure. But his idea of Orgone, as is my personal view, as a matrix of everything, imbuing the whole universe, should even to a scientifically highly educated person not sound that strange anymore, thinking of newly discovered Dark Energy, still unexplainable for modern cosmology. The film stresses his importance as a forerunner of modern holistic concepts in medicine and natural philosophy.

We also came across a full-featured movie on the life of Wilhelm Reich: Der Fall Wilhelm Reich (The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich), released in Austria in January this year, featuring the famous German actor Klaus Maria Brandauer in the role of Reich. The film is also by Antonin Swoboda.

Update: Read on Osho News the review of the movie by Dr Benajir Wolf.

Here is the English trailer for The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich.

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At 00:24 you will hear the prosecutor say, “Sex Guru.” We doubt the movie script follows the exact, historic wording spoken at the time…. Who knows?

And here is Wilhelm Reich speaking into his tape recorder, after everyone had left his Orgonon Institute (April 3, 1952). The video is aptly entitled: Wilhelm Reich – Alone


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