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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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»
I love it when a film - disguising itself as a comedy - reaches further than is expected to deliver a timeless philosophical message. A rare story that rewards the qualities of goodness and kindness without being mawkish. I loved the final shot - just weird enough to elevate the story to even greater heights. A great performance from Sellers - who I often find too much.