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McDonald at the Movies: Being There

Wed, Nov 13 / 7 pm
Directed by Hal Ashby
1979, USA, 130 min

Once a month, comedian, star and co-founder of Kids in the Hall, comic Kevin McDonald will present a film handpicked from the archives of comic history.

Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his employer for his entire life, educated only by television, is forced to vacate when his boss dies. Wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance is a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.

Reviews

Jerzy Kosinski's delightful parable of a simple-minded man whose naivete is mistaken for great wisdom is a wonderful holiday treat. Peter Sellers, in a remarkably restrained and beautifully shaded performance has been sheltered all his life and is suddenly thrust into the world on his own.
-Ron Pennington, Hollwyood Reporter
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