Being There ★★★★★

Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!

This fun American comedy/drama film is a must watch. This film, was based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosiński, this film stars Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, and features Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, and Richard Basehart.

For its achievements, Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor. The screenplay won the British Academy Film Award for Best Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay as well.

The film score was composed by Johnny Mandel, and primarily features two recurrent piano themes based on "Gnossiennes" No. 4 and No. 6 by Erik Satie. The other major piece of music used is the Eumir Deodato jazz/funk arrangement of the opening fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss. These soundtracks are excellent to listen to.

A film one must watch and really enjoy, Being There is "a placid, poignant and a well kept film" and probably one of the best out there. It is an AMAZING film, from start to finish and a must watch. From the imagery, it shows excellent filmography throughout the picture. Do, watch it, many are missing out on this one.

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