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Insignificance (1985)

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 1950s 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.

The Actress
Theresa Russell
The Professor
Michael Emil
The Senator
Tony Curtis
The Ballplayer
Gary Busey
The Indian
Will Sampson
The Driver
Patrick Kilpatrick

Nicolas Roeg