All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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,…
A sort of satire on politics. Peter Sellers is fantastic. There are a few very funny moments.Also, a good example of how the ending can change the meaning of the movie.
Loved it. Its so brilliant when its not trying to be brilliant.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
utter nonsense. but it looks great.
A film about G.W.Bush's entry into office, two decades before it happened! What's the Chance of that?
Bizarre, beautifully filmed character study by Hal Ashby.
We follow Chance(a dimwit) who lives in a house with the "old man" who dies at the beginning. Chance is quickly left on his own and must vacate a house he has never left before.
He ventures into the world where he bumps into a rich family with another "old man" nearing death. He becomes close friends.
Incredibly simple and even predictable story is directed and acted with brilliantly subtle nuance. Melvyn Douglas won a well deserved best supporting actor oscar and has some of the best scenes in the film which have a deep meditation on mortality.
The film eventually forms two levels-one of which felt successful, the other like it…
What does it say about a society where disconnected and often vacuous TV references and gestures can be mistaken for sincere erudition? The film is satirically exaggerated, sure, but it's an interesting question that's played to the hilt for some vintage Peter Sellers charm as his dimwitted but lovably hopeless gardener Chance stumbles obliviously from one social situation to the next. While it's certainly funny stuff to watch Sellers play off the intellect and emotions of his co-stars with an emptyheaded earnestness that he does so brilliantly, I think it might be one of the saddest movies I've ever seen at the same time. Perhaps it's because as hilarious as Chance's adventures may have been, in the end this poor…
How does one go twenty-one years without seeing this wonderful film? Friends please don't make the same mistake I did.
This is really funny film, as Chauncey "the gardener" finds his way into very powerful positions, and starts to change people. As far as comedy, this film is surely one to watch if you need a laugh. The ending is weird though, but is up for interpretation.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!