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  (in credits order)
Patricia Ree Gilbert ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice
Don Fellows ... Himself - Actor Testing for Freddy
Jonathan Gordon ... Himself - Soundman
Robert L. Rosen ... Himself - Production Manager (as Bob Rosen)
William Greaves ... Himself - Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Anspach ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice (uncredited)
Audrey Heningham ... Black Lady clapping her Hands (uncredited)
Stevan Larner ... Himself - Cameraman (uncredited)
Terrence McCartney Filgate ... Himself - Cameraman (uncredited)
Maria Zeheri ... Herself - Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
William Greaves 
Writing credits
William Greaves (writer)

Produced by
William Greaves .... producer
Manuel Melamed .... co-producer
Manny Meland .... associate producer
Original Music by
Miles Davis 
Cinematography by
Stevan Larner 
Terrence McCartney Filgate  (as Terry Filgate)
Film Editing by
William Greaves 
Production Management
William Henderson .... unit manager
Jeff Norwalk .... unit manager
Phil Parker .... unit manager
Robert L. Rosen .... production manager
Robert Rowen .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Jonathan Gordon .... sound
Nicky Kaplan .... sound
John Polland .... sound
John Pollard .... sound
John W. Reavis Jr. .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Carrieti .... assistant camera
Clive Davidson .... assistant camera
Tibor Hirsch .... second camera operator
David Hoffman .... second camera operator (as Dave Hoffman)
Roland Mitchell .... still photographer
Syeus Mottel .... still photographer
Jerry Pantzer .... second camera operator
Maria Zeheri .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
David Greaves .... assistant editor
Music Department
Johnny Pearson .... composer: additional music (as John Pearson)
Joseph Zawinul .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Scott Brody .... production assistant
Kathleen Collins .... production assistant
Barbara Linden .... production assistant
Roland Mitchell .... technical production manager

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Love Or Confusion, 1 August 2009
Author: valis1949 from United States

In 1968 when, "SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: Take One", was released, it came from out of nowhere, and struck like a psychedelic thunder bolt. Afro-American actor and film maker, William Greaves, aimed to forever alter the 'news-reel' style of documentary film-making, and to this day, there has never been anything quite like it. The movie is a film about 'the making of a film', and intentionally written and directed so as to create as much controversy and contradiction as possible. Set in New York's Central Park, the action and scant dialog concern a couple who fight and bicker about homosexuality and abortion. The woman wants out of the relationship, and the man wants an explanation. Near the end of this interaction, a drunk homeless man interrupts the proceedings and offers his commentary, and personal back-story. Then, after the principle footage has been shot, the film crew add their own views of the film-maker and what they feel is his inept handling of the movie. And during the entire film, multiple cameras are employed to record the action within the scene, and extraneous commentary by cast, crew, and onlookers. I would certainly recommend this film to anyone who has an interest in Avant Garde film makers such as Andy Warhol, John Cassavetes, or Jim Jarmusch. William Greaves attempts to show that a thing cannot be truly observed and understood because the viewing itself would alter the reality. "SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: Take One" can be seen as a cinematic representation or application of The Uncertainty Principle. This is only one possible explanation, and Greave's true intent is certainly open for speculation. Above all else, this film seeks to confound, confront. and stimulate, and without a doubt, succeeds admirably.

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