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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves (Criterion Collection)

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Genres: Documentary
Starring: Audrey Heningham, Shannon Baker, Marcia Karp
Director: William Greaves
Plot Sypnosis:

In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, the pioneering WILLIAM GREAVES (Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey) 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.

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1968
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 174
Specs: Blu-ray Disc
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p AVC/MPEG-4
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1, 1.78:1
Audio Formats: English: LPCM Mono
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH
Special Features: • An essay by critic Amy Taubin and production notes by Greaves for Take One