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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 October 2005 (USA)
Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

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Cast overview:
Patricia Ree Gilbert ... Herself - Actress Testing for Alice
... Himself - Actor Testing for Freddy
Jonathan Gordon ... Himself - Soundman
Bob Rosen ... Himself - Production Manager (as Bob Rosen)
William Greaves ... Himself - Director
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Filmmaker William Greaves is shooting a series of screen tests in New York City's Central Park for the two leads of a feature length movie, with the working title of "Over the Cliff". Simultaneously, he has a documentary filmmaking crew filming the behind the scenes making of the movie. In addition to seeing these two sets of footage (the film and the film of the film), the viewer also sees footage of a third film crew filming the these two in relation to what is happening overall as they film in the park while real life goes on around them, which in Bill's mind is part of the realism of the movie. "Over the Cliff" itself has no plot and no full script but only a working concept of sexuality being the movie's theme and snippets of scripted dialogue. This unstructured approach is to give the movie a sense of realism. The actors imply as much, but many of the crew, discussing in Grieves-less bullpen sessions, believe Greaves is unfocused and inept at what he is doing, while a minority ... Written by Huggo

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Actor Testing for Freddy: You don't even have the courtesy to tell what this is all about.
Susan Anspach - Actress Testing for Alice: I'm a woman.
Actor Testing for Freddy: And?
Susan Anspach - Actress Testing for Alice: I'm a woman and not a fool, Freddy. I know what goes on around me. I watched you. And I watched him.
Actor Testing for Freddy: Him?
Susan Anspach - Actress Testing for Alice: Him. Yes, him. Some little faggot boy that half the world knows about.
Actor Testing for Freddy: What are you? Some kind of nut or something?
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A Film About Nothing
30 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

I gave this film a three only because it kept me interested enough in watching all of it. The film was an interesting experiment but brilliant? That's a stretch, at best, but for its time a big maybe, perhaps. It's a film about nothing but it is a film that is also filled with egomaniacs, misogynists, wannabes and hangers-on. I saw more talent from the candid crowd shots than I did the cast and crew combined of what the third party film crew was filming when the lens was actually focused or the view finder wasn't fixed at a treetop because someone was holding the running camera under their arm. It was a depressing journey on a continuous loop going nowhere, a carousel of blathering idiotic dialog and smug pseudo-intellectualism. It is an interesting time capsule but it's cringe inducing for any woman to watch. The interesting aspect is how many women were involved in the film crew (as well as the actresses) and not one of them flinched at the blatant and nasty undercurrent of misogyny that flowed throughout which was about the only constant this film accidentally chartered a course on and that was the subsequent impact this film left in its cinematic impact and wake.


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