Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!
A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.
Based on Kosiński's novel, Being There is a comedy that follows the story of Mr. Chance, a man who lived his entire life isolated from the world in a mansion and who only saw it through television. However, when his boss dies, he is fired and is sent to live his new life in an apparently strange and unknown world.
Being There is definitely one of the most beautiful and fascinating films I have ever watched, the story is just wonderful and the crew in general makes it feel natural and organic. The film is magical and funny from start to finish, it's a very clever comedy that provides you an engaging story and very smart dialogue.
The only thing…
Part of the No Rewatch November 2012 Project.
People hear what they want to hear, what they're already expecting to hear. That's the central driving notion behind the greatness of Being There. Not that it's a film that rambles on in love with it's own message. Quite the opposite actually.
This is a movie that seems to steer clear of heavy handed-ness in favor of simple delight. The process of watching it somehow puts you into Chance's mind so that you end up seeing things the way he does. You begin to experience, in some sense, the way it must be to see the world for the first time. You root for the misunderstandings, you root for the absurdity of…
"It's for sure a white man's world in America. Look here: I raised that boy since he was the size of a piss-ant. And I'll say right now, he never learned to read and write. No, sir. Had no brains at all. Was stuffed with rice pudding between th' ears. Shortchanged by the Lord, and dumb as a jackass. Look at him now! Yes, sir, all you've gotta be is white in America, to get whatever you want."
As soon as I heard the jazz remix of 2001: A Space Odyssey's Also Sprach Zarathustra, I knew that I was in for something unique.
This could have easily won the Palme d'Or in 1980 if it weren't in competition with Bob…
Another one of those "So good, I had to see it again as soon as possble." and with a film like this, can you blame me?
This is very similar to Forrest Gump in that they both follow a simple man who is mistaken for a something much more brilliant and in his journey encounters powerful figures, like the President of the United States, as they all fall for his misunderstandings. This is a much stronger film than Forrest Gump, not that I don't like Forrest; I love Forrest Gump. Where this surpasses the latter film is that the latter constantly throws it all in your face how sentimental and inspiring it tries to be to the point it's pretty…
Somehow I've managed to pick 3 films in a row absolutely dripping with Biblical allegory. Purely coincidence, I assure you.
Being There is mostly kept afloat by the brazenly naive yet hopelessly adorable performance of Peter Sellers, and the stunning Shirley MacLaine. Thanks to Sellers, the Christ allegory at the core of the film always dances with satire but never quite seems to descend in outright ridicule of Christianity thanks to the pure likability of Chauncey Gardiner, and the fact that it is the world around him that elevates his words; that their adulation of him comes from a deep-seated need for optimism and hope. As much as I was hoping to see Sellers let loose, it's equally impressive to…
President "Bobby": Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?
Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.
President "Bobby": In the garden.
Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.
President "Bobby": Spring and summer.
Chance the Gardener: Yes.
President "Bobby": Then fall and winter.
Chance the Gardener: Yes.
Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature,…
very well named cinema telling story which may not be created is he was not standing there
very much enjoyable and well performed
it pushes to think and realize that an optimum weighted mannerism may be always the key to flourish
analogies are hilarious
you never know when your wheels will roll
Awkwardly simple ways of thinking for this modern world, full of complex ideas. Chance brings light to a dying man through a gardener's philosophy.
What appears to be a sweet, simple comedy of errors about a sweet, simple man perceived to be someone else by the people he meets ultimately ends up with the you, the viewer, questioning your own perception. Wonderful.
VHS, recorded off of TCM but with a real case, in room with Shannon. She read about Kenneth Anger and I edited Childhood Machine.
In Sean's room on a really good Saturday. Trinket. Studying.
Yeah, there's a whole bunch of social commentary here but seeing this outta context of the time it was made made it tough to watch. I found this slow and lacking subtlety. Nevertheless, Peter Sellers is great.
Više mi se sviđa Selersova izvedba nego sam film i poruka istog.
With the arrival of alternative comedy at the end of the 1970s, it was tempting to write off Peter Sellers as a complete comedy has-been. But in the midst of seeming obsolete, and suffering from various health problems, he produced one of his very best performances in Hal Ashby?s Being There.
One of the strange things about Seller?s performance is that it is strangely un-comedic ? or at least, it?s not the sort of comedy we have come to expect from Sellers. There is none of the outrageous characterisation of The Goon Show, or any of the farcical slapstick of The Pink Panther series. This is much, much more subtle, and as a result it is tempting to see Sellers…
At first i wasnt into this one. Ive never been a peter sellers fan so right off the bat its not starting well, but after hearing and reading how good it was i decided to give it a chance. I gotta tell ya, pleasantly surprised. Peter sellers was great as the innocent chauncey (sp?), the story and acting was all fantastic. It was a very good and charming movie. It did have a couple of faults, but the rest of the movie was so good that they were easily overlooked. Definitely worth a watch if you havent seen it before.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!