Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
William Greaves, USA, USA, 1968o
In Manhattan's Central Park, a film crew directed by William Greaves is shooting a screen test with various pairs of actors. It's a confrontation between a couple: he demands to know what's wrong, she challenges his sexual orientation. Cameras shoot the exchange, and another camera records Greaves and his crew. Sometimes we watch the crew discussing this scene, its language, and the process of making a movie. Is there such a thing as natural language? Are all things related to sex?
One of the first avant-garde feature-length films made by a black filmmaker. William Greaves directs a free-form, hybrid creation that taps into the US counterculture while it investigates and exposes the very nature of film as a collaborative art. This work stretches the boundaries of what black cinema is.