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 thirty-five years later with executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi. –The Criterion Collection
Director, producer and writer William Greaves began his career as a featured actor on Broadway and in motion pictures. His work behind the camera has earned him over 70 international film festival awards including an Emmy and four Emmy nominations. In 1980 he was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and in the same year he was the recipient of a special homage at the first Black American Independent Film Festival in Paris. In 1986, he received an Indy — the special Life Achievement Award — from the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. He was recently honored by the National Black Theater and Film Festival with its first award for Lifelong Achievement in Film and for Contributions to Black Theater.
Greaves has produced and directed television, documentaries and feature films over the course of his career. For two years, he served as executive producer and co-host of the pioneering network television series BLACK JOURNAL, for which he was awarded an Emmy… read more
Not raw enough, too much editing, yet a fuckin' good experiment. Everything was thought to be in the film, even if some things were casual or improvised. Everything in film is thought. There is no objective truth to cinema because cinema is truth in itself. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsGSngKTQuM
This is a comment on “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2” but it is not listed independently on Mubi. “Take 2 1/2” continues the experimental meditation on the creative process of film making by not… read review
This may very well be the most important film ever made. At first you might think you are watching a group of Manhattan intellectuals carousing about Central Park with a bunch of film equipment, filming… read review