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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)

July 25, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986.”

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)
Directed by William Greaves.

Springing to the sprightly beat of Miles Davis’ score, William Greaves’ improvisational docu-fiction about the making of a film finds director Greaves impishly fomenting insurrection on his own set as cast and crew struggle to comprehend his vision and motives. Levels of performance and the very status of filmed events are inverted in the film, acclaimed decades after its production as a masterpiece ahead of its time.

Producer: William Greaves. Director: William Greaves. Screenwriter: William Greaves. Cinematographer: Terry Filgate, Stevan Larner. Editor: William Greaves. With: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Susan Anspach, Jonathan Gordon, Bob Rosen.

72 min.

Preceded by:

Black Faces (1970)

A montage of faces from the Harlem community.


From These Roots (1974)

William Greaves’ masterful montage film, employing mostly still images, documents Harlem’s prevalence as a center of art and culture in the early 20th century.

Producer: William Greaves. Director: William Greaves. SCR: William Greaves. Cinematographer: David Greaves. Editor: William Greaves, David Greaves. With: Brock Peters (narrator).

28 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


July 25, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States