Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One




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This odd film was shot in 1967 but wasn't released until 1991. The reality of the production is quite amazing. The director, who up until then had only filmed documentaries, decided that he wanted to provoke his actors and crew beyond their level of tolerance so that they would in some fashion hijack his production. Ostensibly, they are filming an arty story called "Over the Cliff," which shows the same scene of a split between husband and wife as played by five different couples from a variety … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

A movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Boston Globe
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Greaves's place in history is unarguable, whether it's then, now, in the future, or all of the above.

Full Review… | October 27, 2005
Village Voice
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Made in 1968, William Greaves's fiction-nonfiction hybrid playfully takes itself apart scene by scene, code by code, in a bid to reveal how cinematic illusions are manufactured.

Full Review… | October 26, 2005
New York Times
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Remains as risk-taking as ever, challenging assumptions about cinema, storytelling and the gossamer boundaries between fiction and fact.

Full Review… | October 26, 2005
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One


this odd film shoot in the sixties but never released until 1991 well we didn't miss much as a man the director provokes his cast and crew and then films the results.

An experimental documentary or maybe a narrative, it's hard to tell; about a film crew shooting a test scene while another crew films the making of.

Phillip Renke

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