The existential isolation of urban modernity

New York Movie, Edward Hopper, 1939. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Dalrymple writes: ‘An usherette stands aside from the elaborate auditorium with its plush-covered seats. The cinema is mostly empty, and the two audience members one can see are on their own, not sitting next to each other. One senses that they have come to watch the film not from any real desire to see it but simply to fill their minds with something other than thoughts about their situation. Where no community exists, entertainment rushes in to fill the gap.’

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