Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

Greaves was up there with John Cassavetes and Shirley Clarke in the blend of sophisticated modernism and emotional fury, of self-implication and formal innovation, of self-revelation and revelation of the heart of the times.

Richard Brody

Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon,

Filmed in Central Park with a cast of Actors Studio professionals and random passersby, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One is William Greaves’s playful investigation of relationships both in front of and behind the camera. By filming the crew recording and himself directing actors repeating an uncomfortably intimate conversation, Greaves works to disrupt and question the traditional hierarchical structures of filmmaking.

  • Terry Filgate
  • Steven Larner
  • Miles Davis
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 75 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection