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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 overview, first billed only:
Michael Emil ...
Elevator Attendant
Ian O'Connell ...
Assistant Director
George Holmes ...
Richard M. Davidson ...
Director of Photography (as Richard Davidson)
Mitchell Greenberg ...
Autograph Hunter
Lou Hirsch ...
Ray Charleson ...
Joel Cutrara ...
Bar Drunk


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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The object of every man's fantasy and the greatest mind of the century are about to meet. See more »


Drama | Comedy


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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Insignificancia  »

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The movie's opening prologue states: "This story and its contents are entirely fictitious". See more »


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 »


The Actress: But if you've finished it, and so much as you've studied it, you'd know how it all fits... how it all works. In fact, you'd know everything!
The Professor: Ha, ha. I'm an old man. I wouldn't survive the publicity.
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Features Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) See more »


Jupitar Variations
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Arranged by Gil Evans
Performed by Lew Soloff solo trumpet
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icons become deep and moving characters...
17 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you have any sort of appreciation for character and dialogue, and any sense of American cultural history, you will find a lot of very absorbing material in this film. It probably was originally a play, and that's why it's dialogue heavy, but I can't stress enough how these icons that we only have a shallow understand of are made into truly complex and wonderful characters.

This film is better than any college course for telling you how to create a character-driven story.

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