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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…
Evidence that the United States has changed somewhat since the release of Being There: I would actually welcome an oligarchic political figure like Chauncey Gardener just because he isn't full of hate.
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…
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 good and full-sensely written. Though I don't know how to comprehend the ending. I think I'm gonna go with the 'unseen pier' perception.
Very enjoyable, due in large part to Peter Sellers' perfectly balanced performance. I have a little trouble though reconciling others' awed responses to his character with the tone of the film, not sure if I accept them as part of magical realism , or the characters being just too plain naive even accounting for this tale's heightened reality. Sellers really holds the film together anyway, and the glimpses of his emotional moments towards the end hit me harder than I expected.
Peter Sellers is brilliant in Hal Ashby's quirky and satirical classic about a gardener, emerging from his estate after decades in seclusion, who stumbles into the world of the privileged and political class who mistake his primitive nature for profundity. As good as this movie is, one is left with the lingering thought that perhaps an even more interesting story lies beyond the edges of the script.
I had some general sense going in that this was a career-high performance for Peter Sellers, as well as a landmark of 1970s cinema. It is not completely either. Both Sellers and director Hal Ashby have been more focused and effective elsewhere, but BEING THERE works largely as a downbeat marker of late-1970s America, as it turned irrevocably towards consolidation, conglomeration, rule-by-focus-group, conformed by mass media. Jerzy Kosinski probably didn't have then-Governor Ronald Reagan in mind when he wrote the 1970 novel that served as the basis for the film, but Reagan would happen to fulfill the prophecy a year after the film.
Sellers plays Chance (the Gardener), a simpleton with no past and no education outside of talk shows,…
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Good, very touching film with great performances of Peter Sellers and Shirley Maclaine.
Sellers plays a Chance, a gardener and a simpleton, who gets mistaken for a very educated and profoundly wise man.
Maclaine plays Eve, the wife of a powerful businessman who is on his death bed. After her chauffeur accidentally hits Chance with the car, she takes him into their home to take care of his injury.
Because Chance is well dressed, everybody thinks he is an educated man, and because they only hear what they want to hear, no one seems to notice that he is really…
Finally seen it. And what a masterpiece. Everybody hears what they want to hear.
The only other film by Hal Ashby I've seen is Harold & Maude, and this seems to have a similar theme of living life to the fullest, and happiness and optimism can bring you the best out of life even in the darkest circumstances.
The film is about Chance, a gardener of an old wealthy man who has done nothing for his entire life except garden and watch television. Completely enamoured by the box, any time there's a television in sight his gaze will be fixated. The guy can't even read or write, that's what I mean by "done nothing but".
The film starts as the man who Chance worked for dies, so Chance is left to fend for himself, and…
WHATEVER YOU DO STOP THE VIDEO AS SOON AS THE END CREDITS START. Whoever edited in those buzzkill outtakes, needs to severely rethink that choice.
I couldn't help but notice almost the entirety of the film is the comedy principal of 'character A is talking about X but character B thinks they're talking about Y.' And honestly it didn't bother me one bit, because it almost serves as a masterclass on comedic misunderstanding. Oh, and good lord does Peter Sellers own this role. The entire film is thrust upon his shoulders, and he takes that shit like Atlas on steroids.
I hate to reduce this movie to “it’s like Forrest Gump except good” but that’s almost exactly what it is. Rather, this movie is the clear inspiration for Forrest Gump but instead of the whole point being the fantastic exploits of a mentally disabled man, Being There uses that same conceit to highlight the behavior of the people who surround Seller’s Chance. Yes, he finds himself in increasingly ridiculous situations but it’s always a result of how other people project onto and reflect off of him. The message is pretty high concept and Sellers does exceptionally well with the material which is absurd and often borders on comedic but never devolves into straight up comedy. There is always the subtext…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!