blade runner: identity, memory, influences

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Blade Runner Identity, Memory

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  • 1. Blade Runner Identity, Memory

2. Blade Runner Released 1982 Directed by Ridley Scott Based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Haur, and Daryl Hannah Soundtrack by Vangelis, evocative both classic noir and science fiction Poor initial release, but has become a cult classic and gone through several changes (narrative and endings) 3. Setting Urban landscapes that are dark, rainy, and crowded Claustrophobic; lack of privacy- leads to postmodern anxiety/ paranoia Portrays (white) influx of aliens to southern california 4. Noir Influences Suggestion of panopticon or the feeling of always being watched Conception of a society that is always watching in effort to socialize and normalize applies to the film Ex. of American Consumerism 5. Narration Use of voice over in theatrical release (taken out in director cut) Faithful to noir but does not work in this film Put in film to help audience understand Indicative of how neo-noir can create its own niche. 6. Noir Influences Deckard is both a detective and hitman Tough guy and impotent male World weary and ambivalent to stress Rachel is the femme fatale (mysterious)- leads to conflicts Smoke- interior mood setter and environmental pollutants. Corruption pervades society (another comment on late capitalism being crushed under its own weight. 7. Noir Influences Cont. Theatrical release: Happy Ending Subsequently changed; added voice over. Ending not necessarily bad, but ambivalent Various cuts of the film provide a metatext understand the terms of postmodernity (texts arent closed) 8. Genre Hybrid Indebted to film noir and science fiction Could be part of the problem of initial reception Takes elements from both The setting makes the cultural commentary more palatable because it is in the future rather than the present LA as despotic (society in an repressive and controlled state) Predates William Gibsons term cyberpunk in Necromancer (1984) 9. Memory City of L.A represents a vastly different from the LA we know; more like NY or Tokyo Plays with our memory or concept of what L.A. represents 10. Memory What is memory Memories of replicants are implanted/artificial Real to the replicants who have those memories Photos are reoccurring Photographs are mechanically reproduced Recycling and waste are important factors Waste used for initial purpose 11. Humanity What does it mean to be human Existentialism, indebted to classic noir Fatalism also present in the built-in obsolescence of the replicants How are humans and replicants contrasted- How much influence does noir have on the film? 12. Blade Runner People, Landscapes, Influences 13. Influences Edward Hoppers Nighthawks (1942)-Conveys mood of the film Fritz Lanes Metropolis- set design, class structure, lighting Jean Giraud Moebius (1938) Heavy Metal Phillip K. Dick- Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep= Loose adaptation Use of Drugs and Mood Enhancers Visual Futurist- Syd mead tried to implement retrofitting Heavy Asian influence 14. Location Release in Japan two weeks later July 1o, 1982 Multiple Magazine Articles and Reviews Poor critical reception Japans Bubble Era (1980-1989) Late capitalist consumerism Ranked 27th in Kineman Junpos Best films (E.T #1) 15. People Vertical Class Structure Cops v. Little People 16. People Tyrell (Tyrell Corporation) Tyrell Employees- Fully immersed in job Mismatched of languages 17. Class Upper Class Wealthy Sector City People (dressed someone what dirty) Animoid Row 18. Replicants Interact with everyone Trying to figure out themselves 19. Vision of the Eye Appears through out the film as symbol of being watched constantly