4.24.2007

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

This was an odd movie. It was made in 1968, way before reality TV was conceived of. In the film, William Greaves, the director is directing a pair of actors through a scene. While they are being filmed, another crew is filming them, and then there is a 3rd camera filming everything else. There is a lot going on in this movie, and there doesn't seem to be one idea. There's certainly no culmination, or definitive end. The way the movie finishes, it implies that it could, essentially, go on for ever. There are other people who wander onto their "set" and since they're filming in Central Park, this isn't a surprise. The crew seems genuinely astonished when a man tells them he has been sleeping in the bushes for the previous 6 weeks.All these things add up to a somewhat choppy haphazard movie, that is fascinating. It probably isn't to someone who isn't in the industry, or doesn't care how movies are made, but even then, there are a few train wrecks of emotions. People get incredibly frustrated after having the actors do the same scene over and over for 6, 7, 8 days in a row. The actors go through character dilemmas. The crew complains about the script, and yet we never actually hear directly from the director. He's always elusive. And yet we feel his touch throughout the whole film...

A truly interesting movie.

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