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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One (Criterion Collection)

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In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director William Greaves presides over a beleaguered film crew in New York's Central Park, leaving them to try to figure out what kind of movie they're making. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: the project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative sixties counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies. Criterion presents this long-unreleased gem in a special two-disc edition, along with its sequel, Take 2 1/2, made 35 years later with executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 203140835
UPC 715515021029
UPC 14 00715515021029
Format DVD
Release Date 12/5/2006
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Greaves,William
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Cast & Crew
Audrey Heningham - [2] Featuring
Bob Rosen - [Both] Featuring
Don Fellows - [1] Featuring
Jonathan Gordon - [1] Featuring
Marcia Karp - [2] Featuring
Patricia Ree Gilbert - [1] Featuring
Shannon Baker - [2] Featuring
William Greaves - [Both] Director
Review [1] William Greaves had some brass balls in making the obliquely-titled Symbiopyschotaxiplasm, namely by auditioning a bunch of film students and hiring a bunch of crew for a movie that didn't exist. He then proceeded to screw with their heads, mixing things up on them and otherwise making life miserable, while filming everything that went on behind the scenes. It's too bad that the film's production values scrape rock bottom -- even by low budget standards. Much of the movie is inaudible, and the scratched up film stock gives you a headache from the get-go. The editing is also pretty poor. Good idea, bad execution.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Greaves,William
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times [1] ...highly entertaining and, at moments, revelatory about filmmaking as a site of creative tension...
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice [1] Greaves's place in history is unarguable, whether it's then, now, in the future, or all of the above.

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