Notes on Blade Runner


Film Noir: Crime, murders – use of violence

Surrealism: Soundtracks, mysterious and dark

German Expressionism: Dark and moody sets

-Future LA is viewed as dark, not sunny or happy, but more rainy and dangerous.

-All the scenes were shot at night, indoors had very dark lighting but may included a type of lighting, either neon or candle lights.

-Roy (Human Robot) doesn’t kill, unless he is in danger, however Deckard (Unknown that he is a Human Robot) always kills, the humans lack value of life, compared to the human robots.

-Photographs are symbolic of memories, memories that may not even happened to them, Rachel is an example of someone who is experiencing this as she too, is a human robot, hence why she has a collection of photographs {memories}.

-The female characters are murdered differently to men, women are shot at, repeatedly and the men are touched, example eyes been pushed in by thumbs.

-Woman are abused, as in they follow the commands of the males, unless it is to do with seduction, then the males are ‘under the spell’ of love.

-Deckard is a Human Robot as well

Movie Info
“A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard’s former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he’s saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell’s assistant and a replicant who’s unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian’s, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city. In 1992, Ridley Scott released a popular director’s cut that removed Deckard’s narration, added a dream sequence, and excised a happy ending imposed by the results of test screenings; these legendary behind-the-scenes battles were chronicled in a 1996 tome, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi”

R, 1 hr. 54 min.
Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: Hampton Fancher, David Webb Peoples
US Box Office:$1.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures

By trentwhitworth

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