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Jake Wilson: Film as Text: Blade Runner

Session Info:

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

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