- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 14, 2011
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 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
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 06/01/1985
"...[The film] rolls along gathering momentum like some enigmatic ball...it explodes in a shower of illumination..."
New York Times - 08/11/1985
"...Ambitious, apocalyptic....[Curtis] gives the film's most vivid, startling performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/01/1985
"INSIGNIFICANCE, an intelligent, satiric comedy, brings together four '50s icons on a single sweltering night in Manhattan, with haunting reverberations..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/2007
"[The characters'] interactions shed tantalising light on a decade that was the last word in manufactured glamour and paranoia....The film has worn well..."
This unique film takes place in 1953, and explores such themes as fame and emotional detachment. The four disparate main characters -- The Professor, The Actress, The Senator, and The Ballplayer, are thinly-veiled versions of Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joseph McCarthy and Joe DiMaggio, respectively. When they all wind up in the same hotel room one night, the quartets' interactions with one another reveal fascinating aspects of their personalities, including vulnerability, naivete and guilt. But sadly, one trait is common to all four characters: despair.
Social Issues |
Switching Roles |
- Shown at the Cannes Film Festival, in competition, May 11, 1985.
- Additional cast: Ian O'Connell (The Assistant Director).