1 September 2014

Insignificance


Insignificance 1985
  • Director: Nicolas Roeg
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Michael Emil, Theresa Russell, Tony Curtis, Gary Busey, Will Sampson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Theresa Russell – Fringe, He’s Just Not that In to You, Spider Man 3, Kafka
    • Tony Curtis   The Boston Strangler, The Great Race, Spartacus, Some Like It Hot and probably many more in the 60’s and 50’s
    • Will Sampson  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Why? Liked it the first two times
  • Seen:  Twice previously. Now August 30, 2014, with friends KJG and JG.
We are warned immediately that this film is strictly fictitious. All right. Marilyn Monroe meets Albert Einstein meets Joseph McCarthy meets Joe DiMaggio in 1954. Probably fictitious.
No names are mentioned, actually.  The Professor is being harassed by the Senator, accused of being a communist and peace activist. The Actress visits the Professor because she admires his work but he doesn’t know who she is.  They discuss the problems of being celebrities and they discuss the theory of relativity. She shows him how it works. He’s charmed. Her enraged estranged husband the Baseball Player pounds in the Professor’s door. Then they all discuss the shape of the Universe. And marriage problems. And baseball. And neuroses.
It’s absurd and surreal and ultimately it’s very sad.  It’s political and actually quite funny at times. The Cherokee thinks so anyway.
It’s about guilt, responsibility, exploitation, humiliation, loss, fear, destruction.
Not funny at all. But fascinating.  And in spite of its title, very significant. But do I like it? This time I’m not sure. But I think so.

4 * of 5

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