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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One -- In his one-of-a-kind fiction/documentary hybrid Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, director 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.

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William Greaves (writer)
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Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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)
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Directed by
William Greaves 
 
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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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Referenced in La última película (2013)See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A knowing anarchy loosely presided over by Greaves, 27 December 2001
Author: sethhmartin from new york

It would be hard to put a numerical rating on this movie, as it is essentially a movie created inside out, with the `action' being performed by the `actors' as the hard nut on the inside, and the more free-flowing production process as the body of the film – this process being captured on several 35mm cameras rolling continually -- on the outside. Not to say there is nothing important about the `action,' which centers on an arguing couple in Central Park – in fact, there is a certain anarchy of purpose in the two characters' criticism of each other (using pithy, well-worn movie expressions) that mirrors a knowing anarchy in the production loosely watched over by Greaves. The film is open-ended, suggesting that the production process will continue even after the `failure' of more than one pair of actors to claim their roles for themselves. There is something about Symbiopsychotaxiplasm that suggests failure, whether it's the suspicion of the crew that Greaves lacks direction, or the sort of floundering behavior of the actors when they are not reading their lines. But that too is part of Greaves vision. Early on in the film one of the production staff laments Greaves' opacity, saying that the director tends to answer questions with very vague statements that make one wish they hadn't asked the question in the first place. It is this mysteriousness within Greaves (`what is he doing?') that gives the film its skeleton, and makes it much more than simply a Happening in the Park.

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