What are the great "loner" films

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What are the great "loner" films

Postby GoogaMooga » 27 Aug 2019, 04:23

I'm a card-carrying Asperger and my life has not had any real semblance of normality since, oh, perhaps the seventh grade, 1976. I think that might be why I feel drawn towards the great loner films, the human dramas with those existential characters who opt out of society and refuse to have the social values and structure control their lives. In the films they are defined by their struggle to find their true selves and some meaning in life through personal responsibility and individual choice. The characters are heroic because they accept the precondition that man is fundamentally alone and must be guided by personal choices in a society or world that is arbitrary and absurd. They go about their business with quiet despair, stare into the abyss and are not afraid of what they see, an imperfect world that seeks to restore order through control. Wealth, pleasure, and honor don't matter to them, because such desires are ultimately futile in as much as they do not lead to any real definition or understanding of true self.

Here, then, are some all-time classics:

Taxi Driver
The Driver
Le Samouraï
Le Diable, Probablement
Diary of a Country Priest
Pickpocket

Ha ha, three of them are by Robert Bresson, he must be the king of loner films!
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Re: What are the great "loner" films

Postby joels344 » 28 Aug 2019, 22:09

Great choices there, Googa. Here’s some more I’d like to add:

The Conversation
Badlands
Paris, Texas
The Man Who Sleeps
Stroszek
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Re: What are the great "loner" films

Postby GoogaMooga » 29 Aug 2019, 02:31

joels344 wrote:Great choices there, Googa. Here’s some more I’d like to add:

The Conversation
Badlands
Paris, Texas
The Man Who Sleeps
Stroszek


I hear ya on Conversation and Badlands, The Man Who Sleeps I don't think I've ever seen.
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Postby Matt Wilson » 29 Aug 2019, 14:26

Cool Hand Luke
Hombre
Hud
The Sand Pebbles

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Postby Positive Passion » 29 Aug 2019, 14:48

Wall-E

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Postby Jeemo » 29 Aug 2019, 22:51

Silent Running
Image So Long Kid, Take A Bow.

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Postby Hepcat » 30 Aug 2019, 21:59

GoogaMooga wrote:I think that might be why I feel drawn towards the great loner films, the human dramas with those existential characters who opt out of society and refuse to have the social values and structure control their lives.


Horror of Dracula (1958)

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Postby The Modernist » 31 Aug 2019, 20:29

Five Easy Pieces
Serpico
The Trial
Morgan a Suitable Case For Treatment
Pierrot le Fou

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Re: What are the great "loner" films

Postby Fonz » 01 Sep 2019, 09:45

The Punisher (Dolph Lundgren)

Rejects all friendship in the pursuit of justice



He Never Died [Rollins)

Immortal, trapped in a repetitive existance
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Postby Ernest Flatwell » 01 Sep 2019, 10:23

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Postby The Modernist » 02 Sep 2019, 15:36

Naked is the ultimate example. Great shout!

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Re: What are the great "loner" films

Postby GoogaMooga » 02 Sep 2019, 19:49

I really need to see that again. I vaguely remember the ending being very bleak.
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Postby Ernest Flatwell » 02 Sep 2019, 20:48

The whole film is bleak, really. But it's powerful stuff and leaves you thinking.

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Re: What are the great "loner" films

Postby Powehi » 03 Sep 2019, 08:54

Peter Sellers as the unknowing and unknowable Chauncey Gardiner in Hal Ashby's Being There