A movie about making movies about making movies. In 1968, William Greaves shot several pairs of actors in a scene in which a woman confronts her husband and ends their relationship. In “Take 2 1/2,” Greaves starts with 1968 takes of one of these pairs of actors plus footage of the crew discussing the film’s progress. Then, 35 years later, Greaves brings back to Central Park those actors and some of the original crew (plus others) to film a reunion of the characters Alice and Freddie. We watch scenes of these characters and discussions among the actors and crew. Greaves explores and dramatizes the dialectic in the creative process.
User Reviews: I have seen this movie on Karlovy Vary IFF and was surprised by the enthusiasm of a director and actors (and all film crew too, of course) doing this film. At first, I couldn’t find out, what is this all about, like many other people in the cinema (I think that is why so many of them left during the screening). But then I realized, that it is all about improvisation and evolving a simple idea into a short, but so interesting story. Watching the actors was astonishing. Couple in a park – talk and argue … Their situation is so special and simple too. Everything is filmed on camera, crew debating about purpose too. This mix of shots will thrill you.
This would be just one part of a project. Not bad, but nothing unusual. Just director and actors playing on the ground, but …
… after almost 30 years, the crew meet again, continuing in the story. The people get old and changed, and so the plot. Entangled live of an actor and character. So natural. Like watching two ordinary people talking about unusual situation.
This film is not for all kind of audience. It’s really interesting for those, who can enjoy the improvisation of actors and idea of continuing on work after so many years. I hope, that this film will continue again after 10 or 20 years, as a director and actors promised on festival. How does it finish? Nobody knows.