All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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,…
Just imagine what this sort of story would look like on screen today. Likely an over- the-top, disordered, offensive comedy. It's because that lack of nuance in comedy today that made this watch such a wonderful surprise. Being There shows that satire can provoke with warm and humorous moments, and not just shocking, forgettable beats. A lovely and insightful movie.
"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!"
Hal Ashby's adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's novel is one of the most sadly underrated and often forgotten film of the 1970's.
In a film career filled with truly magical performances, it is here as "Chance the Gardner" that Peter Sellers delivers his best and tragically final performance. An entire book could be written about the artistry that Sellers' delivers in this clever satire of American culture and politics. This film also contains the last time we would see Shirley MacLaine actually play a character that is not some skewed form of herself.…
Peter Seller en el papel que se sale mejor, excéntrico retrasado siendo alabado por las masas.
Hal Ashby takes a rather contrived idea and turns it into a film that's delightfully subtle while also being profoundly effective. This film is rife with a rather hinted at self-parody in the way it takes its formulaic and predictable plot and turns it into a deeply touching experience that seems to mock itself for being touching. Peter Sellers also turns yet another absolutely phenomenal performance as the simple-minded Chance the gardener.
Rewatched for BIG SHOT MOVIE CLUB.
I remember seeing this film in college and being pretty sidelined by its strangeness. On the second viewing, the somber, shut-in vibe of the film is really striking. On paper, any other filmmaker might make this a broad comedy, or even more of a barbed political or social satire. But Ashby makes it something in between, and more -- you do really feel for Chauncey at times, when his humanity peeks out, even though he's an idiot. Laugh-out-loud moments do come, but I get the feeling that they're really different depending on the viewer. I'd be curious to watch BEING THERE in a theater and gauge the real "crowd-pleaser" moments.
BEING THERE still has…
So at the Lincoln Center they're doing a little Judd Apatow showcase thing where they are showing his movies and some movies that he likes. This is one of those movies and to quickly talk about this movie, I'd say instead of being a slow film, it's really a patient film, and it takes it's time as it builds. It's really funny in that sense where you will not always be laughing out loud, but you know that what is going on is funny. Peter Sellers and Shirley McLaine and really the whole cast are great. And to be honest I was thinking while watching the film that it was a three star film, but the last shot of the…
A self-satisfied, artistically weak and definitely overrated film.
I like the idea - that a grown man somehow stuck in a childhood state (possibly a mental challenge of some sort) becomes a media phenomenon through the shallow spectacle-language of TV and the fact that he's white and well dressed - but the result simply isn't the movie as it looks on paper; I found this to be a terribly heavy-footed piece of storytelling; the message is fine but the execution is so clunky that the movie turns on itself; the story comes off as totally unlikely and the movie can't deliver it's own message in a believable way. I found myself going "that would just never, ever happen" so many…
There will be growth in the spring.
Nota = 9,5
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