23 April 2014

"I like to Watch."


that name might ring a distant bell... it should.
films like (and possibly your favorite of all time) Harold and Maude, others, like Being There (my own personal Hal Ashby favorite), Shampoo, Coming Home, and Bound for Glory- are HAL ASHBY  films. With fifteen films as director from 1970 to 1988, and seven Academy Awards wins credited to his movies, just who was Hal Ashby?

A new documentary in the works answers-

from the film here

Amy Scott the film's director promises in her notes on the film, ONCE I WAS to "present an all-encompassing look at Hal and his work, giving cinematic credit where credit is long overdue." 

I for one am intrigued, and why not?

Being There, stars the justly brilliant actor Peter Sellers-as Chance. His "I like to watch." is something one hears quoted, misdirected, unattributed, and as Seller's Chance delivers the line ever so simply-it reverberates as a talisman in all the Ashby films I've seen. I think Being There is a masterpiece. If you have not seen it-I don't know why.

 from imdb here

 Harold and Maude can claim to be the most enduring film of the 1970's, a masterpiece-and certainly that claim carries on unmatched as films like it are rare.
If you watched in in your 20's- watch it again in your 30's, your 40's, your 50's-that's as far as I go yet.

Maude would say-

( from here)

... it's impossible not to get attached to this film.

from here

It couldn't be a better time to assess and reassess the influence of Hal Ashby on film-
and on Love,
and Life,
and Being There.

 I look forward to it-and I'll keep you posted.
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  1. VERY SWEET! Thank you so much!

  2. Ah, Being There. It is a great movie - but have you read the book? It's wonderful. Jerzy Kosinski wrote both the book and the screenplay for the movie. As fine as the acting is, no movie can capture everything in a book; a lot was lost. Of course it works both ways. The nuance of gesture is something very hard to transmit in writing; and for that, the movie trumps the book. Still, though, I loved the book more. I recommend it.

    1. Being There is one of my favorite movies. I didn't know about the book and will make a note...thank you.

  3. I'll be there. Can't wait to see it. Let us know when it comes out. Harold and Maude is my all time favorite. I'd love to see how his films have evolved as he grew older.

  4. Thank you thank you for this beautiful preview - cannot wait.

  5. Gaye it is now at the top of my list...thanks so much!

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