Insignificance [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

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

Product Details

Release Date
6/14/11 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
1 hour, 48 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video 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
Number of Discs
1

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