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1 hr. 9 min.

Plot Summary
It's 1968, and director William Greaves begins filming a movie scene in Central Park: an argument between a couple. At the same time, a documentary crew films the crew filming the movie. Meanwhile, a third crew films the filming of the two films. As Greaves plays the role of clueless artist, and on-set conditions deteriorate, his collaborators mutiny. The result is a head-spinning landmark of experimental film that playfully smears the line between fiction and reality, art and artifice.

Cast: Patricia Ree Gilbert , Don Fellows , Jonathan Gordon ,

Director: William Greaves

Genres: Drama

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Release Date: January 1st, 1968|1 hr. 9 min.

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  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This is a movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow. show more

  • 80
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    If all this sounds a bit nuts, dangerously self-indulgent and very of its experimental moment, it is. But it's also highly entertaining and, at moments, revelatory about filmmaking as a site of creative tension between individual vision and collective endeavor. show more

  • 70
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    The title modifies a term coined by political scientist and philosopher Arthur Bentley that refers to the interactions between people and their environment, and the notion of a shifting center is what gives this experiment much of its interest and also limits it from going very far in any single direction. show more

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