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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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
Hadn't seen this one in about ten years. It's even better and funnier than I remembered.
Great understated performance from Sellers. Funny and beautiful.
An inspiring masterpiece. It's incredible it came together considering Peter Sellers' extremely fucked-up physical health. Could also be titled "The Donald Trump Story."
Hal Ashby's last true great film ends the 1970s on a high note for him in this touching yet evocative story about a simple-minded gardener who is mistaken for a man of great intelligence to those in the world of politics as it features an incredible performance from Peter Sellers in what is the last great performance of his career.
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This is a fantastically funny movie. It explores every kind of joke that you could with the situation. The childish daft nature of Chance makes us root for him. I don't know why but you do. At times how can you not feel like him. Have you been caught in a conversation where you know nothing. This movie is that but with every interaction you could have. I can see it's influence on lots of modern movies and this is for sure a classic. I cannot wait to watch it with a bigger audience.
Add this to the "Movies with Peter Sellers and also with a character getting up from a wheelchair" canon.
Beautiful and restrained, but also quite hilarious. It also has one of the best endings of all-time.
I´m not a biga fan of Sellers, but I absolutly love this movie. I love Chance´s innocence and openness that unknowingly and instantly wins everyone over. I really loved this film. I take my hat off for Mr. Sellers.
Peter Sellers is great, but this is still one of those "just read the book" movies.
I love Hal Ashby's entire '70s output. I guess that's like saying one loves pizza. This is the film of his I've least revisited. Why? No reason. I actually haven't seen this in ten years. The Warners' DVD transfer was horrific. I got this on blu a bit ago and finally got around to it and it's beautiful. Couldn't believe my eyes. Kept waiting for the picture to fade or go completely grainy.
Starts off great and then moves into this start-up locomotive phase only to go into full speed and wind up as a surreal masterpiece. The driest of comedies with some great laugh out loud moments courtesy of Shirley MaClaine. She's so wonderful in this. And Sellers. Way to go with a bang.
So many hidden meanings and subtext you could write a book on it.
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