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Insignificance [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Credits
    Tony Curtis, Bernard Schwartz, Anthony Curtis, Gary Busey, Theresa Russell, Michael Emil
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The film] rolls along gathering momentum like some enigmatic explodes in a shower of illumination..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Ambitious, apocalyptic....[Curtis] gives the film's most vivid, startling performance..."
    New York Times

    "INSIGNIFICANCE, an intelligent, satiric comedy, brings together four '50s icons on a single sweltering night in Manhattan, with haunting reverberations..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[The characters'] interactions shed tantalising light on a decade that was the last word in manufactured glamour and paranoia....The film has worn well..."
    Sight and Sound

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