Nicolas Roeg

Insignificance

Insignificance

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 in this compelling, visually inventive adaptation of Terry Johnson’s play, from director Nicolas Roeg. With a combination of whimsy and dread, Roeg creates a fun-house-mirror image of fifties America in order to reflect on the nature of celebrity and lingering cold-war nuclear nightmares. Insignificance is a delirious, intelligent drama, featuring magnetic performances by Michael Emil as the Professor, Theresa Russell as the Actress, Gary Busey as the Ballplayer, and Tony Curtis as the Senator.

Film Info

  • Nicolas Roeg
  • United Kingdom
  • 1985
  • 108 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #566

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson
  • Making “Insignificance,” a short documentary shot on the set of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson

New cover by Fred Davis

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Newly restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg and producer Jeremy Thomas, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with Roeg, Thomas, and editor Tony Lawson
  • Making “Insignificance,” a short documentary shot on the set of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Chuck Stephens and a reprinted exchange between Roeg and screenwriter Terry Johnson

New cover by Fred Davis

Insignificance
Cast
Theresa Russell
The Actress
Michael Emil
The Professor
Tony Curtis
The Senator
Gary Busey
The Ballplayer
Will Sampson
The Indian
Patrick Kilpatrick
The driver
Credits
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Screenplay
Terry Johnson
Executive producer
Alexander Stuart
Producer
Jeremy Thomas
Director of photography
Peter Hannan
Editing
Tony Lawson
Music
Stanley Myers
Music
Hans Zimmer
Art direction
David Brockhurst

From The Current

Press Notes: Insignificance

No one fractures time like Nicolas Roeg, who has given us such nonlinear marvels as Walkabout, Don’t Look Now, and The Man Who Fell to Earth. His 1985 Insignificance, now out on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray, is no exception. In the Los Angeles Times, …


Jul 5, 2011
A Conversation with Theresa Russell

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By Sam Wasson


Jun 22, 2011