Being There (1979). Dir. Hal Ashby. With Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warner, Melvyn Douglas. (130 min, 35mm)
Peter Sellers gives his loveliest, most understated performance as Chance, a simple-minded gardener who has spent his life watching TV. A gentle soul, Chance dazzles the Washington, D.C. elite with his wise pronouncements, which come straight from the idiot box. Released twenty-five years ago, this delicate yet corrosive critique of television culture is as relevant as ever.
Added by oliver on February 13, 2005