Insignificance (Roeg, 1985)

Insignificance (Nicolas Roeg, 1985)

I can sum this up rather quickly by saying this is too ambitious. Roeg takes a swipe at Americanized fame and the way icons are turned to idols when in fact they are the least deserving of the title. But he does it in such an odd and forced way that it ends up feeling mostly amatuerish. Roeg brings Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Senator Mccarthy, and Joe DiMaggio to life as their lives intertwine over the course of one night and morning. We witness flashbacks to their pasts, often revealing tragedy and pain. Much of Roeg’s standard editing techniques are on display here and that is definitely the best thing the film has going for it. There are several poetic instances throughout, but they are only added bits to a film that mostly feel disjointed and all over the place. But, alas, Roeg is so good with the camera and in his editing that I probably did like this more than I should have as a result.  6/10


2 Responses to “Insignificance (Roeg, 1985)”

  1. Somewhat surprised this was picked up by Criterion….

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Yeah, I should have saw Roeg’s Eureka instead. I have both sitting here and figured I’d try Insignificance first since Criterion deemed it worthy. Very odd choice, though maybe the commentary would help me ‘get’ this a little more.

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