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Using four famous but unnamed individuals to symbolize a notorious era in American politics, as well as to explore the nature of despair, director Nicolas Roeg has created an intriguing drama. Based on a play by Terry Johnson, the story begins with the blond Theresa Russell as a sex-goddess actress working on a scene over a subway grate, with her skirts billowing out in the updraft. A famous Professor from Princeton with white hair opens his door to the actress, who takes out a few props and goes through her rendition of the theory of relativity. Between her theatrical mode of speech and his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"an intriguing, but ultimately slight "what if" fantasy"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This audacious hypothetical is at once funny and dramatic, sometimes a little lopsided but always interesting"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It is a noble idea for a film to satire some of the best known American pop culture heroes of the 1950s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Reflects Roeg's views of the absurdity of American history and our compulsion to destroy beauty. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A weird meditation on sex, power, knowledge and fame for those who enjoy exotic fare."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"None of its characters have any sort of inner life and their motivations are simply to fulfill the goals of the screenplay."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Fascinating, flawed Roeg film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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