Request: Being There (1979)

Not only a fantastic film but one that opens up discussion on race, gender and religion.

joel_rosenbaum
joel_rosenbaum
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4 replies

I wondered why "Being There" was never discussed in the Forrest Gump episode.

llewellynwells
llewellynwells
3 posts
10 replies

I'm for it. I'd also love a SHAMPOO episode.

jhillman
jhillman
10 posts
132 replies

@Davebaxter1989, for me personally this IS a slam dunk. They could probably do a whole episode just on their interpretations of the final scene.

davebaxter1989
davebaxter1989
1 posts
7 replies

@threshold

Wow! I thought a massive downside to this suggestion would be the possibility of it being such a slam dunk that it wasn't worthwhile but if others genuinely think it's bad it may be even better.

Without going into a real debate here sans episode I think the meaning behind every characters reaction to Chance is that they project onto him whatever they want from him. This narcissism is only more prescient today than in 1979. I'd also never argue that it's truly realistic, the ending confirms this more than anything.

threshold
threshold
4 posts
54 replies

Mostly boring, occasionally nonsense. I am not a fan of Peter Sellers performance and role within the film. The way the characters react to him I just find absurd with absolute no subtextual meaning behind it, and if there was, it would probably be unpleasant.
So, no, I'm not really keen for this film at all.
But I'm always up for any film to be debated honestly.

muthsarah
muthsarah
7 posts
115 replies

Any Hal Ashby from the 1970s. After Coppola, he probably had the best run of any director in that decade.

(Well, there's also Altman.)

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