SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM
1968, Janus Films, 75 min, USA, Dir: William Greaves

In his one-of-a-kind fiction-documentary hybrid, 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. A couple enacts a break-up scenario over and over, a documentary crew films a crew filming the crew, locals wander casually into the frame: The project defies easy description. Yet this wildly innovative 1960s counterculture landmark remains one of the most tightly focused and insightful movies ever made about making movies.


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