Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

Where is the line? That's what this documentary has gone out to Central Park to attempt to find out. This is a documentary about...the nature of truth, script and honesty of film. The movie starts with the director, cast and crew on a sunny day making a movie he says is called Over the Cliff, and director William Greaves has three cameras: one filming the scripted actors, one filming the crew as they film the actors, and the third recording the entire scene, including passesby who stopped to watch, but then, there's something else here...and all the crew is pissed and everybody makes small talk and complains on camera about him, but there's no definite truth about what is staged, what is real and what comes through as both. So where is the line? Outside of the people involved (and even then, I doubt it fully) know what is objective truth here. A seemingly simple film that brings up as many questions as seconds in the film's running time. Staggering. A+

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