INSIGNIFICANCE
1985, Hanway Films, 109 min, UK, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

This adaptation of Terry Johnson’s play brings together four of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century in a thought-provoking meditation on fame, power and the unknowability of the human soul. As she is filming a movie in New York City, Marilyn Monroe (Theresa Russell) visits Albert Einstein (Michael Emil) as Joe DiMaggio (Gary Busey) and Senator Joe McCarthy (Tony Curtis) circle around them. Roeg’s non-linear approach to the story opens fascinating windows into the characters of the actress, the professor, the ballplayer and the senator, and this speculative drama earned the Technical Grand Prize at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.


EUREKA
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 130 min, UK/USA, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

Gene Hackman, Mickey Rourke, Rutger Hauer, Joe Pesci and Theresa Russell are the all-star players in this strange tale inspired by the mysterious 1943 murder of Sir Harry Oakes in the Bahamas. A gold prospector (Hackman) strikes it rich in the Canadian wilderness and then moves to a Caribbean island, where he hopes to live in luxury; instead his reward is misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. Roeg’s underrated drama recalls his earlier THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH as it explores the isolation of vast wealth.


BAD TIMING
1980, Park Circus/ITV, 123 min, Dir: Nicolas Roeg

An all-star cast heads this drama about love, possession and obsession. Alex (Art Garfunkel) is an American psychoanalyst and lecturer in Vienna. He meets and falls in love with Milena (Theresa Russell), a young and beautiful American, and the two embark on a passionate affair. She, however, does not wish to be confined to one man, and as she becomes increasingly unfaithful, Alex becomes more and more possessive. The film is told in flashback as Alex sits in a hospital where Milena is being treated for a drug overdose. He recounts the events to the investigating officer (Harvey Keitel), who must decide whether her condition is attempted suicide or something more sinister.


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