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Insignificance [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [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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