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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

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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 of different angles. Eventually the (secretly anticipated) revolt does happen, and the cast and crew film their late-night sessions in which they discuss what can be done to save the movie. Their uncensored and quite intelligent comments were then included in the completed film along with the footage of the continuing saga of the endlessly filmed marital break-up. While the set-up is nothing like that of the contemporaneous television show Candid Camera, reviewers professed discomfort in viewing the cold manipulations which led to the desired result.

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Critic Reviews for Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

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One of the greatest movies about moviemaking.

March 6, 2017 | Full Review…
New Yorker
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A movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow.

March 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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.

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.

October 26, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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.

October 26, 2005 | Rating: 4/4
Newsday
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It was shot as cinema verite in the rebellious spring of 1968, where those under thirty were challenging the authority figures of the Establishment.

April 10, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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