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A product of one of Hollywood’s science-fiction booms, Ridley Scott’s dystopian 1982 film noir puts a very different spin on the genre than, say, Star Wars or E.T. Harrison Ford is at his least heroic as the “blade runner” of the title, chasing a group of runaway androids through a congested, polluted future Los Angeles, where morality blurs like neon seen through rain and the difference between man and machine seems increasingly irrelevant. Incorporating close analysis of clips, this presentation sets the film in a historical context while offering in-depth analysis of its innovative style and philosophical themes. The presentation can be adjusted depending on audience needs.
• Blade Runner ‘s ties to film noir and expressionist cinema
• Similarities and differences from Philip K. Dick’s source novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
• Ridley Scott’s innovative visual style and use of special effects
• The significance of music in the film, in particular the electronic score by Vangelis
• Blade Runner as philosophical exploration of perception, memory, identity, what it means to be human, and the search for meaning in the face of death
Confined to bed with a broken leg, a New York photographer (James Stewart) starts to speculate on the lives of the neighbours he can see from his window, ultimately uncovering evidence of a possible murder. This is the premise of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller Rear Window, which like all of his masterpieces can be viewed […]
Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz was one of the most sophisticated wits in Hollywood, and the Oscar-winning 1950 comedy-drama All About Eve shows him at his peak. This is not just a film about what happens in the theatre, but one where the characters are constantly playing roles onstage and off, calling into question what constitutes […]
In an era when the Internet has increasingly taken over from traditional media, film criticism is changing almost as rapidly as film itself. Can there be such a thing as an “objective” verdict on a film, and if not, what is the purpose of passing judgement? Drawing on more than 15 years professional experience as […]