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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2005 (USA)
Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

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Cast overview:
Patricia Ree Gilbert Patricia Ree Gilbert ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice
Don Fellows ... Himself - Actor Testing for Freddy
Jonathan Gordon Jonathan Gordon ... Himself - Soundman
Bob Rosen Bob Rosen ... Himself - Production Manager (as Bob Rosen)
William Greaves William Greaves ... Himself - Director
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Filmmaker William Greaves is shooting a series of screen tests in New York City's Central Park for the two leads of a feature length movie, with the working title of "Over the Cliff". Simultaneously, he has a documentary filmmaking crew filming the behind the scenes making of the movie. In addition to seeing these two sets of footage (the film and the film of the film), the viewer also sees footage of a third film crew filming the these two in relation to what is happening overall as they film in the park while real life goes on around them, which in Bill's mind is part of the realism of the movie. "Over the Cliff" itself has no plot and no full script but only a working concept of sexuality being the movie's theme and snippets of scripted dialogue. This unstructured approach is to give the movie a sense of realism. The actors imply as much, but many of the crew, discussing in Grieves-less bullpen sessions, believe Greaves is unfocused and inept at what he is doing, while a minority ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Bardasht e Avval See more »

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Take One Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After completing the film in 1971, William Greaves believed that he had made a masterpiece, and that the only place to première it was the Cannes Film Festival. So he carried the print to France himself, where it was screened for programmers. The projectionist made the mistake of showing the reels out of order-though. The film was turned down. Greaves came home, figured he had made a mistake, and put the film in his closet. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: What kind of movie - picture are you making?
Bob Rosen - Production Manager: What kind? Well, it's a feature.
William Greaves - Director: It's a feature length - it's a feature length, we don't know.
Policeman: You don't know?
William Greaves - Director: It's a feature length, we don't know.
Bob Rosen - Production Manager: Right. We'll find out after we develop it.
William Greaves - Director: The tentative title of it is, "Over the Cliff."
Policeman: Over the cliff? You have to find a cliff now, huh?
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Coming Soon Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take Two See more »

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Referenced in Symbiofaerietaxiplasm oder die Feen von Hadres (2015) See more »

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Ahead of its time
2 January 2011 | by whereismikeyflSee all my reviews

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm points the way toward so many later development in film. It manipulates reality by provoking the hapless cast, crew and bystanders to play roles by provoking them. The director of the film uses his own behavior as a Rorschach test. The whole genre of reality television as well as avant-garde documentary styles are anticipated in this film.

In addition to its historical importance the film is fascinating on its own terms for anyone who likes to think about the nature of performance vs. reality. Gender, race, sexuality and the march of time also make appearances.

Criterion has done its usual terrific job in rescuing this forgotten masterpiece from undeserved obscurity.


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