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9 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2008 - 6:55PM #1
EyesoftheWorld
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Has anyone seen this movie with Peter Sellers and Shirley McClaine? If not, I highly recommend it.

Sellers, who's a tremendous actor, plays an unsurpassably simple guy who had been sheltered all his life, and then suddenly ejected into the hustle of Washington D.C.

He reminds me of a Taoist master anyway.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2008 - 6:55PM #2
EyesoftheWorld
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Has anyone seen this movie with Peter Sellers and Shirley McClaine? If not, I highly recommend it.

Sellers, who's a tremendous actor, plays an unsurpassably simple guy who had been sheltered all his life, and then suddenly ejected into the hustle of Washington D.C.

He reminds me of a Taoist master anyway.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2008 - 11:05PM #3
Whisperingal
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Yes I have though it's been some time.

You know--I personally would call the story "Being Here."

That's more in line with my own practices and beliefs.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 18, 2008 - 2:50PM #4
EyesoftheWorld
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that's a good point...  you are the Eyes of the World after all..

though I think the title could have something to do with how Chance/Chauncey had lived so long only seeing things on TV..

btw, you probably don't recall, but the song that's playing when he first goes out onto the D.C. streets is a funky version of  the '2001' theme... "Also Spoke Zarathustra" or something like that... anyway, Phish used to cover that song and I wouldn't be surprised if they heard the version onthe film and that inspired them! that title is also the name of a book by Freidrich Nietzsche too.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 18, 2008 - 4:33PM #5
Whisperingal
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Eyes--hi.

Isn't the movie based on a book by....stab here without looking it up-Jerzy Kosinski?

No I don't remember the music in the movie but "Thus Spake Zarathustra"by Richard...Wagner? Strauss?--was made famous by the film "2001 A Space Oddessey."



WGal runs off to look all of this up.....
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 18, 2008 - 8:16PM #6
EyesoftheWorld
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yes, t'was a book by Kozinski (sp?)

That is the song you're thinking about. Phish used to do an amazing cover of it. when I saw "Being There" last week and that part (which is early in the movie) came on, I was frozen for about 8 seconds thinking I had heard that song before... it's done with sort of a funk vibe, but it's pretty identifiable, particularly when that "trademark" ascending motif happens... really powerful music there. Phish does a better version than the one on 'Being There', but I hadn't heard Phish's version in years, so it was great to hear another funk-take on it.

Have you read any Nietzsche?
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 19, 2008 - 1:14AM #7
Whisperingal
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Yes--but some time ago.

"Thus Spake Zarathustra" and "Man and Superman."

I don't really remember much of it though. I've read a lot of other things since then.
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9 years ago  ::  Dec 19, 2008 - 12:34PM #8
EyesoftheWorld
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I hear you... "Why I am So Wise" (aka "Ecce Homo", which is very short) and "Will To Power" are two I'd really recommend.

Anyway, at the end of the DVD of "Being There", while the credits are rolling, they show outtakes of a scene which never got into the movie, when Chance is in the rich guy's in-house hospital room, laying down, and relating the exact message the hoodlum told him to convey to 'Raphael'... it's incredibly funny! Sellers cracks up laughing a few times and at least once, someone else in the room starts snickering... but in the last take he nails it! what a scene...

"Do you know Raphael?"
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7 years ago  ::  Apr 20, 2011 - 8:46PM #9
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Dec 17, 2008 -- 6:55PM, EyesoftheWorld wrote:

Sellers, who's a tremendous actor, plays an unsurpassably simple guy who had been sheltered all his life, and then suddenly ejected into the hustle of Washington D.C.   He reminds me of a Taoist master anyway.




Ouch.... That's actually on the insulting side, isn't it...? 

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