INTERESTING MOVIE. Insignificance, 1985, dir. Nicolas Roeg, starring Michael Emil as Einstein, Theresa Russell as Marilyn, Gary Busey as Dimaggio, and Tony Curtis as McCarthy. And if that ain't weird enough for ya: "All measurements of time and space are necessarily made relative by a single observer and are not necessarily the same to independent observers. And that is the specific theory of relativity." Which is what Marilyn playfully explains to Einstein in the film. The film is based on the stage play, but what's marvelous about this film is that it REALLY uses the unique medium of film to emphasis the themes, emotions, and tell the story in a way only film can express. The film constantly cuts to quick flashbacks in the characters' lives, to show their history and pain and give a better understanding of their motives. The film is fantastically put together. It's a witty, odd, and ultimately depressing film once these characters clash and, as you may suspect, the moral of the story is!: everything is insignificant! Understanding the pain and motives of others is not the same to independent observers, andnis nothing compared to other pain we know, or, say, THE BOMB, which this film highlights in a BRILLIANT way.
And may I say, the actors are all GREAT. EVEN GARY BUSEY! People tend to forget that he has done great work before. Emil is strong, and Russell's performance has to be one of my favourite portrayals of Marilyn Monroe: playful, sad, intelligent, naive, impulsive, all put together. But there's something perverted about hiring Tony. The man actually worked with the real Marilyn, and now he's acting beside a girl playing Marilyn. That's some inception shit right there. Oldest I've seen Curtis in a film, and he's still fantastic. This is a tricky and witty movie that takes you where you might not think it will go. Maybe even a little hard to stomach for some at one point, but especially it's downer nihilism theme. But highly recommend! #nowwatching #cinephile #lovemovies #cinema #movies #movie #film #cinephilecommunity #insignificance #criterioncollection #criterion #tonycurtis #80smovies #80s #marilynmonroe #theresarussell #garybusey