Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
This odd film was shot in 1967 but wasn't released until 1991. The reality of the production is quite amazing. The director, who up until then had only filmed documentaries, decided that he wanted to provoke his actors and crew beyond their level of tolerance so that they would in some fashion hijack his production. Ostensibly, they are filming an arty story called "Over the Cliff," which shows the same scene of a split between husband and wife as played by five different couples from a variety of different angles. Eventually the (secretly anticipated) revolt does happen, and the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Remains as risk-taking as ever, challenging assumptions about cinema, storytelling and the gossamer boundaries between fiction and fact."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"In blurring the lines between art and artifice, truth and fiction, illusion and reality, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One ventures into uncertain terrain that few films, before or since, have dared even contemplate."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Greaves's place in history is unarguable, whether it's then, now, in the future, or all of the above."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It was shot as cinema verite in the rebellious spring of 1968, where those under thirty were challenging the authority figures of the Establishment."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is the film equivalent of watching sausage or legislation being made, whose experimental flavor is an acquired taste."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Made in 1968, William Greaves's fiction-nonfiction hybrid playfully takes itself apart scene by scene, code by code, in a bid to reveal how cinematic illusions are manufactured."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"It's a puzzle without an answer; and the most fascinating element of all is Greaves himself."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Good idea, bad execution."
‑ Christopher Null,
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