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Learning Difficulties (Mental Retardation): Major Films  
TitleBeing There (1979)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityAutism Learning difficulty
CountryUSA
Length130
GenreComedy Satire
Rating4
DirectorHal Ashby
CastPeter Sellers Shirley MacLaine Melvyn Douglas Richard Dysart Richard Basehart
NotesIn this comedy shyness is seen as a sign of creativeness. Peter Sellers plays a gardener with learning difficulties who all his working life has remained within the grounds of his employer's Washington town house. His employer dies and he is thrust into the outside world. His simplicity and his simple views on life make him the toast of Washington society. This film is satire but provocative in its depiction of attitudes towards someone who is different. Taken from book by Jerzy Kosinski who wrote screenplay (also see his book 'The Painted Bird' about a child alone during WWII in Poland). Compare with 'An Angel at my Table'.

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