By now, there are far more deluxe editions than there are movies that deserve the treatment, but that’s not to say we don’t get excited from time to time.
Being There, the swan song of the impeccable Peter Sellers, just hit its 30th anniversary, is getting a retrospective edition from Warner Brothers. The plot is the usual holy fool business: Sellers’ mentally stunted gardener (named Chance, aptly) manages to rise to a spot just shy of the presidency through a combination of beatitude and luck.
But unlike more recent variations like Forrest Gump or even Benjamin Button, Chance isn’t all innocent sweetness. He’s a complete blank slate, allowing the other characters to see whatever they want in him. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s a well-dressed and generally aristocratic-looking.
The lesson? A little luck can take you pretty far, but good tailoring can take you even further.
- — Russell Brandom