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Old 15th September 2020, 08:00 PM
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'Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes by William Greaves' (1967) - Available for pre-order at Criterion US - Blu-ray $31.96, DVD $31.96

Release date: December 8

"In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, the pioneering William Greaves 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 2. 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 on the Blu-ray
  • SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE ONE (1968 • 75 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.33:1 aspect ratio)
  • SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM TAKE 2 (2005 • 99 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.78:1 aspect ratio)
  • 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

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