Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
Cinéma vérité reaches a new level of reality in this film-within-a-film as director William Greaves dares to break the accepted rules of cinema. It is 1968 and Greaves and his crew are in New York’s Central Park ostensibly filming a screen test. The drama involves a bitter break up between a married couple, but this is just the cover story. The real story is happening off camera as the enigmatic director pursues his hidden agenda. The growing conflict and chaos—accompanied by moments of uproarious humour—explode on screen, producing the energy and insights the director is searching for. The director uses multiple cameras, mixes cinéma vérité and conventional shooting styles, and experiments with a variety of other cinematic techniques. The result is a film with multiple levels of reality that reveals and comments upon the creative process.