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Affectlessness, the affectlessness of Ed Crane, is in a sense what the movie is all about: We've been living for two hours exclusively in that hapless protagonist's consciousness, an essentially literary device that has always translated uneasily to the screen.
Warhol and Pat Hackett describe what emotional life is really like nowadays--a certain kind of blankness or affectlessness, lack of concentration, and so forth.