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Cinematic critique of television

by Critical Commons Manager

Among Hollywood film's most devastating critiques of television is the character played by Peter Sellars in Being There. As an illiterate moron, Chance the Gardner is barely able to function in society except by watching and imitating the actions of characters on TV. In the course of the film's mean-spirited critique of television and the American political system, Gardner also proves to be an ideal candidate for elected office.

Opening title sequence of Being There

Peter Sellars portrays the ideal television viewer who is disconnected from reality and mindlessly imitates actions on TV

from Being There (1979)
Creator: Hal Ashby
Posted by Critical Commons Manager