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Genre: Comedy

Duration: 130 Minutes

Rating: PG

Being There (1979) FILM TALK


Great storytelling succeeds in any medium of media. So how do extraordinary novels, short stories, and plays transform and become great movies?  We will explore the collaborative process and challenges of adapting a story to a film for these five award-winning classics during this series.

From page:

BEING THERE Novel  (1970) Novel written by Jerzy Kosiński

Available for purchase from KING WEST BOOKS

To screen: 

BEING THERE Film (1979)  Peter Sellers, Shirley McClain, Melvyn Douglas, Hal Ashby director.  Nominated for two Academy Awards, winner of Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas

Until his employer died, a simple-minded man named Chance had worked his entire life as a gardener in Washington, D.C., totally sheltered within house and garden, his only knowledge of the outside world coming from the television. Out on the street, Chance is hit by the limousine of an influential businessman’s wife, who takes him home as a guest. When Chance’s references from television and to his garden are taken as metaphors, he is assumed to be a great thinker and becomes a Washington insider.


Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET