Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greavesv
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In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybridSymbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One,the pioneering 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 breakup 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, expanded thirty-five years later by its unconventional follow-up,Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take 2½.The “sequel” seesTake Oneactors Audrey Henningham and Shannon Baker reunited in a more personal, metatheatrical exploration of the effects of the passage of time on technology, the artistic process, and relationships—real and fabricated.
High-definition digital transfers of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE(1968 • 75 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio) SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE 2½(2005 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.78:1 aspect ratio)
Discovering William Greaves,a 2006 documentary on Greaves’s career, featuring Greaves, his wife and coproducer Louise Archambault, actor Ruby Dee, filmmaker St. Clair Bourne, and film scholar Scott MacDonald
Interview from 2006 with actor Steve Buscemi
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves forTake One