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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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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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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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She had the one figure he needed to complete the equation. See more »

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The film's precis for the Cannes Film Festival states: "The cinema seems at its most compelling when it deals with myths. Perhaps this is because it is able, more than any other medium, to give them a sense of reality and somewhere in our subconscious we still believe in the first of all the myths of Cinema... 'The camera cannot lie'. I hope that "Insignificance" is a real, mythical, melodramatic farce". See more »

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When the Actress buys balloons at a newsstand, several vintage magazines are prominently displayed, but mid-80s magazines can also be seen, including an issue of PC World. See more »

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[to The Professor]
The Ballplayer: Between you and me, let me tell you somethin'. Don't ever put a woman up on a pedestal. Cuz it'll just give her a chance to kick your teeth right down your throat.
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America
Written by Stuart Argabright
(Courtesy of Up-car Records)
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Fair "chamber piece"
15 May 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Insignificance" is a far from great film, from a stage play, directed by Nic Roeg. In the scheme of Roeg's films, this is above the level of most of his post-"Don't Look Now" work, which is characterised by judicious use of Theresa Russell as lead actress. She's actually very good here, and far from the problem in other Roeg films like "Bad Timing" and "Cold Heaven". As the "Actress", who is Marilyn Monroe, Russell is very effective, portraying her as a thoroughly depressive, but likeable siren. She plays well alongside Michael Emil as Einstein, who is excellent to say the least. He looks the part admirably, and while Theresa Russell doesn't look exactly like Monroe, she certainly is attractive enough to make the part ring true. Other players are adequate if not quite as arresting as Emil and Russell are. A pretty workable, intelligent script is directed well by Roeg, but certainly not brilliantly, like "Walkabout" or "Performance". As in other later Roeg films, he tends to rely too much on vague, insubstantial flashbacks, that add very little to the film. In many ways the film would have worked better as a shorter (say, 60 minutes), more modest piece. Still, a quite acceptable, passable film. At times quite excellent, but somewhat lacking overall. Rating:- *** 1/2/*****


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