Insignificance

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Movie Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Gary Busey
The Ballplayer
Tony Curtis
The Senator
Michael Emil
The Professor
Will Sampson
Elevator Attendant
Ian O'Connell
Assistant Director
Terry Johnson
Screenwriter
Alexander Stuart
Executive Producer
Stanley Myers
Original Music
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Peter Hannan
Cinematographer
Tony Lawson
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Critic Reviews for Insignificance

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Audience Reviews for Insignificance

  • Oct 03, 2015
    Insignificance is an interesting and talky film: part comical, part intellectual, just a bit tragic. It has some upfront symbolism, which may add value if you get it or may irritate you. While it does not really feel much at all like Bunuel films in terms of vibe, it is reminiscent in that it digests human culture through a comical dream play. The performance of Theresa Russell as "The Actress" stands out, she plays her character with a combination of winking intrigue and stoicism. How much of life is an act? How much is play? How much and what should be taken seriously? The character interactions feel at times authentic (or at least sincere), at times spontaneous, but then falling into stereotype. Anyhow, this is the type of film where your enjoyment of it will be largely based on how much you get it (there is not enough else in the film to be appreciated by itself). For myself, I understood it somewhat and enjoyed it somewhat.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2011
    I'm still trying to work out what it all means, but its possible that there isn't a coherent central theme here, other than placing a few of the defining figures of the 50s in one room to see what happens. I found most of it interesting, especially watching the Marylin Monroe character demonstrate the theory of relativity, and while its admittedly confusing I like that its really trying to grasp for the soul of a distinctive American decade.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2011
    A Deep and meditative feature that captures your mind with it's complexity and your eyes with the vivid imagery. Recommended!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2011
    I found Nicolas Roeg's "Insignificance" to be extremely interesting. It's an experience that I will need more time to pin down, but it's a philosophical, hallucinatory and intriguing collusion of ideas, acting, writing and directing. The films main thesis is that if everything is relative than everything is without meaning. This is very cool stuff.
    Steven C Super Reviewer

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