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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

Directed by William Greaves
United States, 1968


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.

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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One Directed by William Greaves
Probably the most entertaining daunting-sounding American movie of all time, William Greaves’s Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One, shot in 1968, finished in 1971, shelved by its director until a Sundance premiere in 1993, and not given a proper theatrical release until 2001, never quite fit into any of its times.
July 18, 2018
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In its destabilizing amalgamation of cinéma vérité and experimental narrative, Greaves’s movie remains one of the headiest about the filmmaking process.
February 03, 2015
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Greaves was up there with John Cassavetes and Shirley Clarke in the blend of sophisticated modernism and emotional fury, of self-implication and formal innovation, of self-revelation and revelation of the heart of the times. Greaves is even more extreme in his formal explorations; the only work of the era that’s comparable is Orson Welles’s “F for Fake,” from 1974.
February 02, 2015
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