William Greaves

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves

In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm 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” sees Take One actors 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.

Film Info

  • William Greaves
  • United States
  • 174 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1/1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #360

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • 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
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for Take One

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Dec 8, 2020

Special Features

  • 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
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for Take One

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves
Cast
Patricia Ree Gilbert
Alice
Don Fellows
Freddie
Jonathan Gordon
With
Bob Rosen
William Greaves
Audrey Henningham
Shannon Baker
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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