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« on: June 22, 2003, 07:21:30 PM »
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Does anyone remember "Being There" from back in 1979 with Peter Sellers? It was a wonderful film and was directed by Hal Ashby. If anyone remembers it (which may not be many), post your thoughts below. By the way, the music is really enchanting throughout the film, but I can't find it anywhere including Kazaa Lite. Can someone please put a link to a website or make an mp3 of it and send it to me?
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2003, 08:39:34 PM »
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i wanted to like this movie. and i have read many others here like it.  but i just found it too slow, and not funny enough.  its one of Pete Yorns favorite movies.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2003, 08:43:32 PM »
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I understand what you mean. I actually liked the pace and found it to be a real classic, but it's probably not for everyone. Some may find it too slow and others may think it's just boring.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2003, 10:11:13 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2003, 12:57:20 AM »
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It's been a few years but I loved back when I saw it. I want the DVD.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2003, 03:28:24 AM »
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Great film!  I'm glad to hear someone else likes it a lot.  I love Sellers performance.  He was a great actor.  As for the music, I'm not sure what music you're referring to (the score?) but the Disco Sprach Zarathustra song was done by a Brazillian DJ named Deodato.  If you can't find it now that you know his name (if that is indeed what you're looking for), just PM me with your email address and I'll send you the mp3.

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2003, 08:55:44 AM »
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I wanted to like this movie as well, mostly because he was a fucking genius and I was told it was Sellars' last.  I ended up liking it on a personal level (as opposed to a critical level), but finding it a bit sorrowful knowing he died shortly after...

The ending is neat too...

I also read recently that this is Thom Yorke's favorite film...

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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2003, 09:09:21 AM »
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I really love the lighting is this film. And the set design. The dark browns, and stuff like that.... kinda evokes bits of Magnolia for me.

Although it's not on my top 50 list, I love this movie because it's one of the few films where, if you show it to a even halfway intelligent friend, you get hours of good discussion after. And Peter Sellers, to basically play the same mood for the entire film... pretty amazing!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2003, 02:00:51 PM »
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"Life is a state of mind" is the last line and a real classic one!
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