Synopsis by Nathan Southern
In 1968, avant-garde filmmaker William Greaves completed his famous Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One. This experimental feature - a hybrid of fiction and documentary - broke new ground with its dual narrative; on one level, it told of a couple enduring and suffering through a nasty breakup, while on another, it depicted Greaves, as a "version" of himself ("the director") eking out a manipulative and underhanded agenda during a screen test in New York's Central Park. Greaves's sequel to that cinema vérite masterpiece, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2, both reprises and expounds upon some of the events and themes of the first film, as the same two lovers (an interracial couple, in fact) return to the screen for a 2003 shoot, along with one of the crew members from the 1968 film. The paramours continue to bicker, but again, this only represents one level; on another, the film comments on the filmmaking process by revealing the selective way in which the crew determines what the audience sees and focuses on, thus providing a "running commentary" on the action.
film-crew, film-director, film-set, film-theory, power-struggle