Being There [1979] [Criterion] (BLU)

Hal Ashby

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Synopsis

In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers plays the pure-hearted, childlike Chance, a gardener who is forced into the wilds of Washington, D.C., when his wealthy guardian dies. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn’t respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Melvyn Douglas, in an Oscar®-winning performance), who mistakes his protégé’s horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashby’s remarkable string of films in the 1970s, and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

Product Details

  • Starring: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 03/21/2017
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 864

Special Features

  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
  • Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby
  • Author Jerzy Kosinski in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
  • Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC’s Today and on The Don Lane Show
  • Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby
  • Deleted scene, outtakes, and alternate ending
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris
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