Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One Image

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  • Summary: Cinema verite reaches a new level of reality in this 1968 film-within-a-film as director William Greaves dares to break the accepted rules of cinema. (William Greaves Productions)
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  1. 100
    This is a movie from the past that's also eerily of a piece with the film culture of now and tomorrow.
  2. If all this sounds a bit nuts, dangerously self-indulgent and very of its experimental moment, it is. But it's also highly entertaining and, at moments, revelatory about filmmaking as a site of creative tension between individual vision and collective endeavor.
  3. The title modifies a term coined by political scientist and philosopher Arthur Bentley that refers to the interactions between people and their environment, and the notion of a shifting center is what gives this experiment much of its interest and also limits it from going very far in any single direction.
  4. May be the ultimate paradigm of self-reflexive cinema, eating Godard's tail for him and one-upping the classic anti-cartoon Duck Amuck by submitting to a cunning entropy and a self-inquiry so relentless the movie never moves from square one.
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  1. Jan 25, 2012
    This possibly is the truest behind-the-scenes film I have ever seen. While the premise is tumultuous to look upon, it happens to never disappoint on what is a definitive behind-the-scenes film. It isn't a documentary, but preferably a mockumentary, as the director was trying to film a film that is possibly fake, he used so much footage, and behind-the-scenes of behind the scenes, it is truly guaranteed to make your head spin if you try to do the math. Expand