‘Being There’

May 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Heald Auditorium at Ludlow Town Hall
37 S Depot St
Ludlow, VT 05149
Free, donations appreciated
(802) 228-7239

Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. The film stars Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, and features Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart and Richard Basehart. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor.

Seller plays a man who has been a gardener all his adult life, a man who has never been exposed to the world, who watches television, and thinks of life in terms of how he tends to his garden. This a film about such a man as he is exposed to the life of the wealthy and powerful.

It is both comedy and high drama as he impacts those around him, including a president.

The late film critic Roger Ebert wrote:  Being There is a film about a man whose mind works like a rudimentary Artificial Intelligence program. His mind has been supplied with a fund of simplistic generalizations about the world, phrased in terms of the garden where he has worked all his adult life. But because he presents himself as a man of good breeding (he walks and talks like the wealthy older man whose house he lived in, and wears the man’s tailored suits) his simplicity is mistaken for profundity, and soon he is advising presidents and befriending millionaires.

Berkshire Bank will provide the popcorn with FOLA supplying water.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 30 years. She has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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