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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes (Criterion Collection) (1968-2003)

Cast: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, more...
Director: William Greaves, William Greaves
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Documentary, Mockumentaries, Criterion Collection
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 (Criterion Collection) (2003)
In Central Park, 1968, a director shot scenes of a young couple whose marriage was falling apart - 35 years later they are back in Central Park as the director relentlessly pursues the ever-elusive symbiopsychotaxiplasmic moment.

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (Criterion Collection) (1968)
This odd film was shot in 1967 but wasn't released until 1991. The reality of the production is quite amazing. The director, who up until then had only filmed documentaries, decided that he wanted to provoke his actors and crew beyond their level of tolerance so that they would in some fashion hijack his production. Ostensibly, they are filming an arty story called "Over the Cliff," which shows the same scene of a split between husband and wife as played by five different couples from a variety of different angles. Eventually the (secretly anticipated) revolt does happen, and the cast and crew film their late-night sessions in which they discuss what can be done to save the movie. Their uncensored and quite intelligent comments were then included in the completed film along with the footage of the continuing saga of the endlessly filmed marital break-up. While the set-up is nothing like that of the contemporaneous television show Candid Camera, reviewers professed discomfort in viewing the cold manipulations which led to the desired result. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 (Criterion Collection) (2003)
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6.29 (7 votes)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (Criterion Collection) (1968)
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6.64 (11 votes)

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