An aging gardener, filled only with knowledge of the world he has learned from television, rises by accident into the game of politics. The man is soon presented as a possible Presidential candidate although no one knows his true background.
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Regardless of how varying the interpretations may be, I have trouble when a film ventures 2 advance by way of allegory alone. The intention of each scene is essentially the same: Chance draws another character toward some kind of emotional &/or political clarity, however delusional. Such situational repetition quickly becomes tedious. Admittedly, this seems 2 be a problem w/ the source material; I'm no Kosiński fan.
Peter Sellers gives the performance of his career in this extraordinary film from the very underrated Hal Ashby who delivered an excellent film about the impact of television and fame that is even more relevant now than it was when it was first released.
chance is like a programmed computer, and i don't want to review this like a computer that had been programmed to give decision whether is a good film or not, subtantial or not, instead i want to feel being with chance is a miracle, like all the characters felt. not like the audience that knew he is dumb. what a wonderful ending.
There are 2 films here. One is melancholic fable about a man coming to understand death and another who is trying embrace his own inevitable one. The second is a satire of the media and the politics of 1970 America, similar to an extent to Lumet's Network. To be honest, I wish it was solely about the first story or at least more of it, but both were sufficiently interesting so that I wasn't very disappointed.
The timing of Strauss' 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' is cinematic golddust. Superb method acting from Sellers and some pertinent political musings through characterisation and context. Whilst 'Harold and Maude' will remain my favourite Ashby film for its acerbic edge, 'Being There' will always be considered one of his best.
I was in awe in front of such a wonderful story, full of charm, humor and drama, such amazing performances, and such a simple and minimalist direction from Hashby. I loved absolutely everything about this movie, and can't wait to watch it again. And I also realized that Shirley MacLaine was terribly attractive...
«There are 2 films here. One is melancholic fable about a man coming to understand death and another who is trying embrace his own inevitable one. The second is a satire of the media and the politics of 1970 America»