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Mesmerizing and hilarious
on May 5, 2016
Watch with amazement as a simpleton is let out of the house where he has spent his entire life, only to bumble his way to success, stardom and even love. The slow, intense humor of Being There is like a meditative examination of the absurdity in human nature. It may be slow but it is riveting watching this clueless man get deeper into progressively demanding situations as his fame grows. Many were disappointed when Peter Sellers did not win the Best Actor Oscar. Melvyn Douglas, Jr. did win for supporting actor.
Special Features in my Blu-ray include some time with Melvyn Douglas's daughter, Ileana, who discusses the film. There is also an alternate ending and a gag reel. Unfortunately, there is no material involving the cast and crew.