ISOLATION | Cinemas of Solitude

In his book on the work of British painter Francis Bacon, published in 1969 and titled The Logic of Sensation, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze suggests several rudimentary "techniques of isolation" that may be employed in subtle combinations so as to isolate a given Figure within a frame. The same could also be said of literature - of Samuel Beckett's absurdist theatre, of Franz Kafka's dark existentialism and Luigi Pirandello's ironic ambivalence - and thus, also of cinema. If we consider the disenchanted protagonistes of Michelangelo Antonioni, for example, we might conclude that their troubles are never particularly detailed, nor are they ever fully diagnosed, yet they successfully isolate these figures in a way few films have managed before or since.…

  • Soi Cowboy
  • Safe
  • Maborosi
  • Los muertos
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Secret Honor
  • Quartet for the End of Time
  • Apocrypha
  • Dog Star Man: Part I
  • Pine Flat
  • Double Tide
  • I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
  • The Visitor
  • Repulsion
  • The Swimmer
  • Buried
  • The Man Who Sleeps
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle
  • Mouchette
  • Leap Year
  • The Well
  • Morel's Invention
  • The Silence
  • I Can't Sleep
  • Nathalie Granger
  • Charulata
  • Solaris
  • Taxi Driver
  • Baxter, Vera Baxter
  • Walkabout
  • The Priest and the Girl
  • Lourdes
  • Essential Killing
  • The Lost Weekend
  • La Jetée
  • Hunger
  • Kaïrat
  • Branded to Kill
  • Parque vía
  • The House
  • Tony Takitani
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Honour of the Knights (Quixotic)
  • Birdsong
  • The Cement Garden
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Effi Briest
  • Knife in the Water
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Twentynine Palms
  • At Sea
  • The Noose
  • Time Stood Still
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Platform
  • Diary of a Country Priest
  • Two Years at Sea
  • Oasis
  • Ménilmontant
  • The Music Room
  • Tokyo Decadence
  • What Time Is It There?
  • Limite
  • City of Pirates
  • The Doll
  • A Scene at the Sea
  • Ice Palace
  • The Life of Jesus
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • White Mane
  • Stone
  • The Round-Up
  • The Return
  • The Pointsman
  • Everybody's Fine
  • Permanent Vacation
  • Gerry
  • Voices Through Time
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • The Intruder
  • In My Skin
  • Rapture
  • That Cold Day in the Park
  • The Swimming Pool
  • L'aria serena dell'ovest
  • At the First Breath of Wind
  • Dementia
  • The Match Factory Girl
  • Sombre
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • Birth Certificate
  • The White Dove
  • The Sacrifice
  • Romance
  • The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
  • Whispering Pages