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Insignificance (1985)

R | | Drama, Comedy | 2 August 1985 (USA)
Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Emil ...
Professor
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Senator
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The Ballplayer
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Elevator Attendant
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Driver
Ian O'Connell ...
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George Holmes ...
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Richard M. Davidson ...
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Mitchell Greenberg ...
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Autograph Hunter
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Gaffer
Lou Hirsch ...
Charlie
Ray Charleson ...
Bud
Joel Cutrara ...
Bar Drunk
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Storyline

Four 1950's cultural icons (Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Senator Joseph MacCarthy) who conceivably could have met and probably didn't, fictionally do in this modern fable of post-WWII America. Visually intriguing, the film has a fluid progression of flash-backs and flash-forwards centering on the fictional Einstein's current observations, childhood memories and apprehensions for the future. Written by Jeanne Baker <jbaker@erim.org>

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A comedy about life, death, sex and the universe . . . relatively speaking See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Insignificancia  »

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Director Nicolas Roeg once said of this film's source stage-play after he first saw it and believed that it "might be a tool to use. An incident came up in my own life and I thought, 'Good God, nobody knows a damn thing about anyone.' That was the premise that started me thinking about the piece again.". See more »

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When the Ballplayer is at the bar next to a wall calendar, in the medium shots the calendar page is for June 1954, but in a close-up the page says March 1954. The mistake would seem to be the close-up because there is a night-time baseball game on the bar's television and the baseball season didn't begin until April. See more »

Quotes

[to The Professor]
The Actress: Look! Stop talking so goddamn smart! I've heard enough! It just sounds like words! I've heard enough of your words! I came here to know you, and all you've done is hide behind words! What are you hiding from? What are you afraid of?
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When Your Heart Runs Out of Time
Words & Music & Sung by Will Jennings
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A heady mix: it's either brilliant or completely alienating...
13 August 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Director Nicolas Roeg and writer Terry Johnson have fashioned a fantastic story-conceit: to assemble four disparate icons of history in one hotel room and have them exchange their ideas and perceptions of life. Theresa Russell (finally using her innate blankness to her advantage) plays a Marilyn Monroe-like starlet, Michael Emil is Albert Einstein, Gary Busey is a famous ball-player a la Joe DiMaggio, and Tony Curtis is a Senator not unlike Joseph McCarthy. Russell is grating at first, but her performance improves tremendously, while Emil is the acting stand-out, leaving an amazing impression. Of course this is a Nicolas Roeg film, which means it is by turns difficult, distracting, overly arty (sometimes for no other purpose except to be irritating), and obtuse. Yet, the film's inscrutable nature is almost endearing: you may feel something fresh being born out of this crazy-quilt material. For discerning film-buffs, there's nothing else quite like it. *** from ****


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