This essay investigates the absent presence of Baruch Spinoza’s thought in Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema 1: The Movement-Image and Cinema 2: The Time-Image and argues that the concept of expression—as articulated by Deleuze in his study on Spinoza, Expressionism in Philosophy, as well as in his Logic of Sense—constitutes the crucial condition of possibility of Deleuze’s philosophical theory of the cinema and, in particular, of his twofold understanding of cinema as medium of expression and of cinema as expression of time.

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