THEATER 1 Thu, Jun 20 9:00 AM
Film Info
Release Year:1968
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:William Greaves
Cast:Patricia Ree Gilbert
Don Fellows
Jonathan Gordon
Susan Anspach
Audrey Heningham
Screenwriter:William Greaves


With his daring and wholly original fiction/documentary hybrid SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE William Greaves made “one of the greatest movies about filmmaking ever made.” (The New Yorker) This show-within-a-show stars Greaves as a version of himself, presiding over a beleaguered and confused cast and crew (also playing themselves…maybe) on a hot day in Central Park. As his actors struggle with their motivations and his crew nervously try to understand what kind of movie they're making, Greaves draws the audience further into the “metaverse” by giving access to tense sidebar conversations between actors, and placing us within a meeting of concerned crew members—openly filmed but without the director’s knowledge, for now. “Let’s make one thing clear,” says a production manager directly to the camera, “this is a note to Bill…and to anybody else out there who may be watching it too if he decides to put this into his film: we are not trying to take this film away from Bill Greaves.” A brilliant, witty, and coiling commentary on creativity, SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE is unlike any movie you’ve ever seen.