Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1968
DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

One of the greatest movies about moviemaking.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a puzzle without an answer; and the most fascinating element of all is Greaves himself.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

A movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow.

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John Anderson

Remains as risk-taking as ever, challenging assumptions about cinema, storytelling and the gossamer boundaries between fiction and fact.

Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Greaves's place in history is unarguable, whether it's then, now, in the future, or all of the above.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was shot as cinema verite in the rebellious spring of 1968, where those under thirty were challenging the authority figures of the Establishment.

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It is the film equivalent of watching sausage or legislation being made, whose experimental flavor is an acquired taste.