Film Series in NYC This Week


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“Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” a metafictional film from the late 1960s starring the director William Greaves as himself, plays Friday and Sunday at the Metrograph. See listing below.

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Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

‘SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE’ at the Metrograph (March 10 and 12). In this landmark of self-devouring cinema, the director William Greaves stars as a caricature of himself: He plays William Greaves, a filmmaker shooting a movie in Central Park. But no one seems to know what that movie is about, or how filming should proceed — matters that the (fictional?) Mr. Greaves largely cedes to his cast and to his crew members, who muse about his intentions when he isn’t around. “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm” is at once a great New York film, a time capsule of the freewheeling spirit of 1968 (when it was shot) and a mind-bending examination of how choices shape movies.
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

‘MANHATTAN’ at Film Forum (March 10-21). Gordon Willis’s wide-screen compositions, strains of George Gershwin and some of Woody Allen’s funniest one-liners return to Film Forum for another revival of this 1979 film by Mr. Allen, one of his greatest achievements. As a bonus, Tony Roberts will appear for a sidebar showing on Monday at 7 p.m. of “Annie Hall,” in which he starred alongside Mr. Allen and Diane Keaton. Because the screening is in New York, rather than Los Angeles, he won’t need a radiation suit to keep out the alpha rays.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org

1970s CANADIAN INDEPENDENTS at Anthology Film Archives (through March 12). Coming at the end of a retrospective on films that used a Canadian tax-incentive program to get funding, this epilogue series focuses on more fringe productions. They include “Goin’ Down the Road” (Saturday), a portrait of blue-collar dissatisfaction and a noted influence on the development of Canadian independent film; “The Apprentice” (Saturday), featuring Susan Sarandon in one of her earliest roles; and “The Rubber Gun” (Friday and Sunday), the first feature from Allan Moyle (“Pump Up the Volume”), set among a group of drug smugglers in Montreal. Writing in The New York Times in 1978, Janet Maslin called it “a movie that can be enjoyed even when it isn’t understandable.”
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org

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