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.

Special Features:

  • High-definition digital transfers of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks 
  • 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
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Audrey Henningham

Shannon Baker
Director:
William Greaves
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
75 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes

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Release Date: 14 December 2020

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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.

Special Features:

  • High-definition digital transfers of both films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks 
  • 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
Certificate:
TBC
Actor:
Audrey Henningham

Shannon Baker
Director:
William Greaves
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
75 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
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