Insignificance [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1985]

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Overview

Special Features

  • New Video Interviews with Roeg and Thomas and with Editor Tony Lawson
  • Making "Insignificance," a short documentary shot on the set of the film
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and Screenwriter Terry Johnson

Synopsis

Insignificance
Using four famous but unnamed individuals to symbolize a notorious era in American politics, as well as to explore the nature of despair, director Nicolas Roeg has created an intriguing drama. Based on a play by Terry Johnson, the story begins with the blond Theresa Russell as a sex-goddess actress working on a scene over a subway grate, with her skirts billowing out in the updraft. A famous Professor from Princeton with white hair opens his door to the actress, who takes out a few props and goes through her rendition of the theory of relativity. Between her theatrical mode of speech and his world of mathematics, there is a certain entente. Enter the ballplayer who is her husband (Gary Busey), in love but without a clue as to the actress' inner sadness. Throw in the senator from Wisconsin (Tony Curtis) before whose sub-committee on Unamerican Activities the Professor has to appear, and the undercurrent of a societal witch-hunt that ruined many careers in Hollywood, in academics, in sports, and in politics is churned into the story. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gary Busey
    Gary Busey - Ballplayer
  • Tony Curtis
    Tony Curtis - Senator
  • Image coming soon
    Michael Emil - Professor
  • Theresa Russell
    Theresa Russell - Actress
  • Will Sampson
    Will Sampson - Elevator Attendant
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