William Greaves

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm

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 2½, made thirty-five years later with executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Steve Buscemi.

Film Info

  • William Greaves
  • United States
  • 1968
  • 75 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #360

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Discovering William Greaves, a new 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
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New digital transfer
  • New video interview with actor Steve Buscemi
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for Take One

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Discovering William Greaves, a new 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
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New digital transfer
  • New video interview with actor Steve Buscemi
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for Take One

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm
Cast
Patricia Ree Gilbert
Alice
Don Fellows
Freddie
Jonathan Gordon
With
Bob Rosen
William Greaves
Credits
Director
William Greaves
Produced, directed, and edited by
William Greaves
Coproducer
Manuel Melamed
Cinematography
Terry Filgate
Cinematography
Stevan Larner
Music
Miles Davis

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