A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
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…
Something between "Mr.Smith goes to Washington" and "Forrest Gump" with a je-ne-sais-quoi of "Meet Joe Black".
So odd but compelling, featuring a fantastic turn by Sellers. His integration in to society is a wonder to behold and his simple rhetorics to such important topics being received so well is a hilarious commentary on how so many different soundbites can sound brilliant with the right metaphor. The relationship between Eve and Chance makes sense and further shows how he would struggle with something so intimate but it doesn't add much that the rest of the film already touched on.
Aside from the pretty obvious "plot twist" after some time, not really much else to it. Sellers' acting was decent but not as great as regarded by many. Overall just a decent movie which didn't really get to me.
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I'm not sure how I SHOULD feel about this masterpiece of a film. Perhaps, words, or it's just me who don't have the capability to express my love for this 1979 classic. A little bit of admiration, a little bit of nostalgia, mixed with a whole lot of awe. Being There is just so, so much beautiful story-wise and visual-wise. The plot (and, the main character) is as simple as simple goes, though, every detail clicks. For first, it makes you laugh at how absurd everything that happens to the gullible and idiotic Chancey Gardiner really is. Then it grows on you, and makes you think. And boy, does it make you think. We're too busy surviving in a world…
A smart and subtle satire led by a stellar performance from Peter Sellers.
Subtile Komödie, bei der "Subtil" in Arial 48, Fett und in Großbuchstaben geschrieben wird. Ein Festival der Misinterpretationen, Mißverständnisse und Mister Chance. Groß !
For a second there I thought I was watching the original Mr. Biggs, but hearing Peter Sellings saying, while stone faced serious, "I like to watch" in response to his favoured sexual activities, was quite possibly one of the funniest moments I've seen in cinema. Thank you motherfucking Peter Sellers.
This movie is basically a prelude to modern America, truly ahead of its time.
I've had the pleasure to watch Melvyn Douglas and Shirley MacLaine before and see them act in roles giving them Academy Awards and so on. But in this film it's all about Peter Sellers for me, what a performance from him. I'm not sure if anyone in the world could have done the job Sellers does in this film. His character "Chauncey Gardener" is one of the best characters I've seen in the comedy business. The film in itself is a masterpiece, but if there's something I felt was a little bit unnecessary it's the sex subplots, I felt they weren't really needed at all in the story.
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Being There has a handful of broad comedic moments that mess with the film's tone, but even with those momentary flaws acknowledged, the film is still an excellent look into the trajectory of the privileged and the emptiness of the political echo-chamber. Chance speaks simply and vaguely, his naivety mistaken for depth and rewarded repeatedly, to the point that he's eventually touted as a possible candidate for president. Elements of this narrative are echoed in the middling Forrest Gump, though the commentary here gets at something more accurate; politics is largely tied to perceived appearances and invented narratives, vague statements that appeal to voters' basest instincts projecting the candidate best at delivering these empty verbal flourishes into positions of power…