dir. Hal Ashby
“I like to watch.” Hailed as a genius for his simple approach to life, an aging gardener with a childlike naïveté rises, by accident, into the game of politics. In one of his greatest (and last) performances, this masterful film stars Peter Sellers as Chance the gardener, along with a winsome Shirley MacLaine. Last year the Library of Congress selected Being There for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry. (1979, 130 min, 35mm)
Sundays in the Garden
Spring is approaching, the time of year when garden landscaping begins in earnest. This unique three-film series ranges from documentaries to comedy. Learn secrets of legendary Japanese gardens, eavesdrop on caretakers of a historic estate garden, and see the journey of a gardener turned political insider. From modern to retro cinema, picturesque scenes will have you in awe and moving characters will prove to be much more than gardening hires.
Regular Admission: $10
Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.
Pay What You Can level: Regular admission
Individual level and above: $8
All Access and Curatorial Circle: Free
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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.