Drexel Theatre to screen ‘Being There’ as part of monthly film series

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The Drexel Theatre’s monthly “Voices: A Century of Political Cinema” series continues with a variety of films that bring the politics of their time to the screen, beginning with the 1979 satirical comedy-drama “Being There” at 7 p.m. on May 8.

The series, which is curated from a special edition of The New Republic magazine titled “The 100 Most Significant Political Films of All Time,” continues through November.

In “Being There,” Chance (Peter Sellers), a simple-minded, sheltered gardener, is forced out of the only home he’s ever known after his employer dies. He meets business tycoon Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman and becomes his unlikely trusted adviser and an insider in Washington politics. Shirley MacLaine also stars.

Each screening in the series is accompanied by commentary from a subject expert who can help guide the audience through the film’s historical and cinematic importance.

The rest of the series features:

  • June 12: “Milk” (2008)
  • July 10: “The Great McGinty” (1940)
  • Aug. 14: “Harlan County, USA” (1976)
  • Sept. 11: “No” (2012)
  • Oct. 9: “The Lives of Others” (2006)
  • Nov. 13: “Wag the Dog” (1997)

All films are to be shown at 7 p.m. at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St. The screenings and discussions are free of charge, but advance registration is encouraged at drexel.net.