When Marilyn Monroe (Theresa Russell), Albert Einstein (Michael Emil), Joe Dimaggio (Gary Busey) and Joe McCarthy (Tony Curtis) cross paths one sweltering New York night in 1953, the result is a cauldron of mistaken identities and marital misgivings. British firebrand director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Bad Timing) assembles an excellent cast, confines them in hotel rooms, and lets them self-destruct in this witty and powerful deconstruction of celebrity. At the film’s centre, Monroe courts Einstein with demands for intellectual – and physical – nourishment the day before the physicist is to deliver a lecture about the evils of atomic technology. But with McCarthy attempting to roadblock the left-leaning Professor, and Dimaggio furious after finding Eistein and Monroe in bed, Insignificance becomes a mini-Hiroshima in a hotel suite. Nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival (1985), this is Nicolas Roeg at his very best.
Alexander Stuart, Jeremy Thomas
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