Insignificance – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1985) *NEW*

Insignificance – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1985) *NEW*


Four unnamed people who look and sound a lot like Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, and Joseph McCarthy converge in one New York City hotel room for this compelling, visually inventive adaptation of Terry Johnson’s play, from director Nicolas Roeg (WalkaboutThe Man Who Fell to Earth). With a combination of whimsy and dread, Roeg creates a fun-house-mirror picture of cold war America that questions the nature of celebrity and plays on a society’s simmering nuclear fears. Insignificance is a delirious, intelligent drama, featuring magnetic performances by Michael Emil (TracksAlways) as “the professor,” Theresa Russell (Bad TimingBlack Widow) as “the actress,” Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly StoryLethal Weapon) as “the ballplayer,” and Tony Curtis (Sweet Smell of SuccessSpartacus) as “the senator.”

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One summer night in New York in 1953, a senator (Tony Curtis), a starlet (Theresa Russell) and her baseball-star husband (Gary Busey) end up in the hotel room of a physics professor (Michael Emil). They discuss sex, power, politics, physics, the atom bomb and their troubled childhoods. The characters are clearly based on Joseph McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Albert Einstein, and these icons are used to explore the history of postwar America, as well as its uncertain future.
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Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Produced by Alexander Stuart
Jeremy Thomas
Written by Terry Johnson
Starring Michael Emil
Theresa Russell
Tony Curtis
Gary Busey
Will Sampson
Music by Stanley Myers
Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Edited by Tony Lawson
Distributed by Island Alive (USA)
Palace Pictures (UK)
Release date
2 August 1985
Running time
110 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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