Being there

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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017].


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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017].
Physical Desc
2 videodiscs (130 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (10 panels : color illustrations ; folded to 19 cm).


General Note
Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.
General Note
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979.
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Restored 4K digital transfer.
General Note
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 Kosinksi in a 1979 appearance on the Dick Cavett Show; Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC's Today Show and The Don Lane Show; Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby; Trailer and TV spots; Deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending; Plus an essay by critic Mark Harris.
Creation/Production Credits
Production designer, Michael Haller ; costumes designed by May Routh ; music, Johnny Mandel ; editor, Don Zimmerman ; director of photography, Caleb Deschanel.
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart.
"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 Ashy'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"--Container.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: PG.
System Details
DVD, NTSC, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital monaural.
In English with optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Ashby, H., Braunsberg, A., Kosinski, J., Deschanel, C., Mandel, J., Zimmerman, D., Haller, M., Routh, M., Sellers, P., MacLaine, S., Warden, J., Douglas, M., Dysart, R., Basehart, R., & Kosinski, J. (2017). Being there (Two-DVD special edition.). The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hal, Ashby et al.. 2017. Being There. [New York, New York]: The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Hal, Ashby et al.. Being There [New York, New York]: The Criterion Collection, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Ashby, Hal,, et al. Being There Two-DVD special edition., The Criterion Collection, 2017.

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