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The Professor's pocket watch always shows the time at being 8:15 which was the time of the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
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The photo collage calendar of Theresa Russell, echoing Marilyn Monroe's famous Playboy pose, was created by British artist David Hockney at the request of director Nicolas Roeg, and has since been exhibited at museums throughout the world.
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Since the film was a British production, all of the interiors for Insignificance (1985) were shot at Lee Studios in Wembley, London, with only limited on-location filming of exteriors in New York,
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Source playwright Terry Johnson] wanted Australian actress Judy Davis to reprise her role from the stage-play and play "The Actress" in the movie. The part however went to Theresa Russell.
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The film opens with a recreation of an evocative classic Marilyn Monroe movie scene from The Seven Year Itch (1955) where Monroe's dress flew-up in the air from a breeze blown from a street subway grill.
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In an interview, A Conversation with Theresa Russell by Sam Wasson, actress Theresa Russell said of this film: "Actually, originally I turned it down. Here's what happened. [Producer] Alexander Stewart kind of approached me before he even approached [director] Nic [Roeg] to do it. I don't know if Nic will even remember that, because he kind of rearranges history sometimes like his movies [Laughs] - but that is in fact how it was. Maybe he wanted Nic all along, I don't know, but he came in that way. I knew the writer of the play [Terry Johnson] didn't want me to do it. He wanted Judy Davis, who had done the play in London. I think they were kind of an item for a while. So he was not happy with me doing it. Also, there had been a slew of Marilyn things going on, and Madonna was in her Marilyn phase, and I was just like, Oh, God, I just can't even think of going there, it's just too silly. I just don't want to . . . I loved the play. I just thought it was a terrific play. But to be Marilyn seemed so daunting, and I didn't know how I would begin to go there in a way that wasn't a caricature-so obviously it was just easier to say no! But then when Nic wanted to do it, that's when it got to another level.
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The movie's opening prologue states: "This story and its contents are entirely fictitious".
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The picture's closing credits state: "Insignificance originally produced at the Royal Court Theatre London, on the 8th July, 1982".
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The film was entered into competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 where it was nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or Award but won instead the Technical Grand Prize.
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Star Billing: Gary Busey (1st), Michael Emil (2nd), Theresa Russell (3rd), Will Sampson (4th) and Tony Curtis (5th). In the film's closing credits, the billing is varied from the above used for promotional materials and the opening credits, it being Emil (1st), Russell (2nd), Curtis (3rd), Busey (4th) and Sampson (5th).
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Footage from this feature film is featured in Big Audio Dynamite's "E=MC2" music video.
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, the film's "four celebrated American figures of the 1950s . . . for legal reasons are not specifically named".
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One of seven films that actress Theresa Russell has made with director Nicolas Roeg. The films include Eureka (1983), Track 29 (1988), Cold Heaven (1991), Hotel Paradise (1995), Bad Timing (1980), Insignificance (1985) and the "Un ballo in maschera" segment of Aria (1987).
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Principal photography on this picture began in June 1984.
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One of three Nicolas Roeg directed films that musician Jim O'Rourke has used its title as the name of an album. The movies include Eureka (2006), Bad Timing (1980) and Insignificance (1985).
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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".
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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.".
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Wikipedia states, that according the book "The Films of Nicolas Roeg" (1991) by Neil Sinyard, "[Director] Roeg asked [playwright Terry] Johnson to work on the screenplay, which at first meant simply reducing the play to approximately ninety minutes as opposed to two hours, but then Roeg began making suggestions which would expand the screenplay and include flashbacks to the characters histories, and flash-forwards of imagination. His suggestions inspired Johnson to focus on a deeper development of the characters, while Roeg himself began to imagine how the film could open then play spatially as well as laterally. 'He opened it backwards,' Johnson said"."
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The film was made and released about three years after its source play of the same name by Terry Johnson was first performed in 1982. Johnson also wrote the screenplay for the film.
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Nicolas Roeg's first film that was adapted from a stage play. Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (1989) would be Roeg's second.
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After Bad Timing (1980) and Eureka (1983), This is the third and final collaboration between director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas.
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The four icons are Marilyn Monroe, her husband Joe DiMaggio, Albert Einstein and senator Joseph McCarthy. Their characters respectively are known as The Actress, The Ballplayer, The Professor and The Senator.
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