Two Takes

DVD - 2006
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Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: take 2 1/2: This film begins with two different actors (whose original footage was unused), playing the characters from "Take One," meeting after a long time apart. Many of the characters and some of the original crew members return, and appear to be playing versions of themselves rather than themselves, adding layers of reflexivity to the film. With old and new versions juxtaposed, Greaves seems to be analyzing the first film with greater perspective, and re-analyzing the second, too.
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm take one: There have been many films about their own making, but few that examine the creative process from so many perspectives as this one. Greaves uses the shooting of one scene to analyze film production, beginning with directorial fallibility, the inherently collaborative nature of film making, and the creative possibilities that emerge from hardship. In the end, this renders the line between documentary and fiction moot, as Greaves opts for a controlled chaos that transforms the film, into an artifact placed far beyond recognized cinematic norms.


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