History Film / BeingThere

19th Mar '17 6:57:46 PM eroock
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* MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance. No one but the Old Man and the maid(s) was aware of his existence before the Old Man died. The novella establishes that he was told he ''had'' to remain in the SmallSecludedWorld lest he be institutionalized, and that his mother was mentally challenged and DiedInChildbirth. These details and the way Chance is able to wear the Old Man's hand-me-downs raise the possibility that he is actually the Old Man's illegitimate son and secret shame.

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* MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance. No one but the Old Man and the maid(s) was aware of his existence before the Old Man died. The novella establishes that he was told he ''had'' to remain in the SmallSecludedWorld lest he be institutionalized, and that his mother was mentally challenged and DiedInChildbirth.[[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]]. These details and the way Chance is able to wear the Old Man's hand-me-downs raise the possibility that he is actually the Old Man's illegitimate son and secret shame.
16th Jan '17 11:50:27 AM Sapphirea2
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* AdaptationDistillation[=/=]AdaptationExpansion[=/=]PragmaticAdaptation: The film fleshes out many of the characters and there's a significant addition in Dr. Robert Allenby, but also combines the two maids into one and drops the Russians' attempts to figure out Chance's identity as it only duplicates the FBI/CIA search, etc.

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* AdaptationDistillation[=/=]AdaptationExpansion[=/=]PragmaticAdaptation: The film fleshes out many of the characters and there's a significant addition in Dr. Robert Allenby, but also combines the two maids into one and drops the Russians' attempts to figure out Chance's identity as it only duplicates the FBI/CIA search, etc.search.



* AmbiguousDisorder: By modern standards. Chance is generally assumed to be mentally challenged -- "stuffed with rice pudding between the ears" as Louise puts it in the film. However, the {{Backstory}} the novella gives him implies he was never properly diagnosed as such and it was simply assumed he'd never be able to learn such skills as reading and writing, given that his mother was mentally challenged. This raises the possibilities that he could have been capable of much more than he already knows were he raised in a more understanding time and given professional help, and/or that he is autistic. (In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Kirk Lazarus puts it this way: "Infantile, yes. Retarded, no.")



* EiffelTowerEffect: The movie's set in Washington, D.C., but since the P.O.V. is confined to the townhouse until Chance leaves, ''and'' the townhouse is not in the nicest part of town, we don't see any landmarks until he's wandered far. Up to that point, we only get one hint as to the setting: a ''Washington Post'' ad on [=TV=].
* EndingMemorialService: [[spoiler: For Ben]]

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* EiffelTowerEffect: The movie's set in Washington, D.C., but since the P.O.V. is confined to the townhouse until Chance leaves, ''and'' the townhouse is not in the nicest part of town, we don't see any landmarks until he's wandered far. Up to that point, we only get one hint as to the setting: a ''Washington Post'' ad on [=TV=].
[=TV=]. For bonus points, even if Chance recognizes them he is completely indifferent to said landmarks; only the audience recognizes their significance.
* EndingMemorialService: The final sequence takes place during one [[spoiler: For Ben]]for Ben Rand]].



* GainaxEnding: In the film version only, Chance discovers he can walk on water.

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* GainaxEnding: In the film version only, Chance discovers he can [[spoiler: walk on water.water]].



* InformedAttractiveness: This is invoked when the senator's wife tells Eve that "He's very, very sexy!" Sellers is probably not traditionally attractive.
* InnocentBigot: In the film, Louise is the only black person Chance has ever known until he leaves home. After that there are a couple episodes that suggests that he thinks all black people know each other or serve the same functions as one another.

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* InformedAttractiveness: This is invoked when the senator's wife tells Eve that "He's very, very sexy!" Peter Sellers is probably not traditionally attractive.
attractive!
* InnocentBigot: In the film, Louise is the only black person Chance has ever known until he leaves home. After that there are a couple of episodes that suggests that suggest he thinks all black people know each other or serve the same functions as one another.



%%* MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance.

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%%* * MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance.Chance. No one but the Old Man and the maid(s) was aware of his existence before the Old Man died. The novella establishes that he was told he ''had'' to remain in the SmallSecludedWorld lest he be institutionalized, and that his mother was mentally challenged and DiedInChildbirth. These details and the way Chance is able to wear the Old Man's hand-me-downs raise the possibility that he is actually the Old Man's illegitimate son and secret shame.



* MysteriousPast: {{Played straight}} and {{parodied}}. The novel establishes that Chance doesn't know who his father is; he was told his mother died in childbirth. Parodied in that the CIA, FBI, and so on are trying to track down "Chauncey Gardiner's" background, but can't come up with anything because there is no birth certificate, etc. for Gardiner to be tracked with. Having been isolated so completely from the world, Chance likely doesn't have any of these things anyway!
** At the end of the film [[spoiler:the Washington power brokers who are acting as Ben's pallbearers decide that "Chauncey's" mysterious background will make him a viable presidential candidate, since he won't have any scandals to taint him.]]

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* MysteriousPast: {{Played straight}} and {{parodied}}. The novel establishes that Chance doesn't know who his father is; he was told his mother died in childbirth. Parodied in that the CIA, FBI, and so on are trying to track down "Chauncey Gardiner's" background, but can't come up with anything because there is no birth certificate, etc. for Gardiner to be tracked with. Having been isolated so completely from the world, Chance likely doesn't have any of these things anyway!
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anyway. At the end of the film [[spoiler:the Washington power brokers who are acting as Ben's pallbearers decide that "Chauncey's" mysterious background will make him a viable presidential candidate, since he won't have any scandals to taint him.]]



* TwistEnding: Only in the film version. In the final shot Chance wanders out to a lake, and it's revealed he can Walk On Water. ''He's surprised too.''

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* TwistEnding: Only in the film version. In the final shot [[spoiler: Chance wanders out to a lake, and it's revealed he can Walk On Water. ''He's surprised too.''too'']].
28th Dec '16 2:46:38 PM LarryMullen
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* IdiotPlot: A rare case where people not asking obvious questions is part of the story's point.
4th Dec '16 10:44:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** Because the title doesn't translate well, non-English-speaking territories changed it, usually into a ProtagonistTitle. ''Chance the Gardener'' was probably the most popular of these, but there were others: ''Bienvenue Mister Chance'' (French) and ''Chance'' (Japanese; also a DoubleMeaningTitle); ''In The Garden'' was utilized in some South American countries. Italy used ''Oltre il giardino'', or "Beyond the Garden".
** On the other hand Poland's translators have opted for what roughly translates to ''It's Enough To Be'', Czechoslovakia has gone with ''I Was There'', and Russia decided to go with literal translation of title, so in Slavic territories it was partially averted.
4th Dec '16 10:41:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* IdiotPlot: A rare case where people not asking obvious questions is part of the story's point.
22nd Nov '16 11:05:41 PM Ezclee4050
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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Hal Ashby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.

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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Hal Ashby, Creator/HalAshby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.
4th Sep '16 11:07:17 PM erforce
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->"As long as the roots are not severed, all is well, and all ''will'' be well, in the garden."

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->"As ->''"As long as the roots are not severed, all is well, and all ''will'' be well, in the garden."
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Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in Film/ThePinkPanther series were largely to reestablish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].

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Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in Film/ThePinkPanther ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series were largely to reestablish re-establish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].
1st Sep '16 2:47:16 PM Ezclee4050
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* EndingMemorialService: [[spoiler: For Ben]]
26th Aug '16 7:50:40 PM Ezclee4050
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* InnocentBigot: In the film, Louise is the only black person Chance has ever known until he leaves home. After that there are a couple episodes that suggests that he thinks all black people know each other or serve the same functions as one another.
18th Aug '16 4:30:06 PM Ezclee4050
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* IdiotHero: Verging on {{Deconstruction}}, because Chance doesn't really do anything heroic but has various admirable qualities projected onto him by the others.
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