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Rewatching blade runner

I just rewatched Blade Runner for the second time in two days, so to speak, having watched it yesterday for the first time in over a decade. L and I will probably go to see the sequel soon, so I wanted to refresh my memory. The film I found myself watching yesterday afternoon was utterly intriguing: dark and brooding. It intrigued me so much yesterday that it nigh on demanded a second viewing today.

I won't attempt to post a full review on here now. Whole theses, even full volumes, could be written about this filmic text - as I'm sure there have been. Of course, it harks back to the film noirs of the thirties and forties; but there is also something emphatically eighties to this film. The mise en scene cannot seem to escape the period when it was made. It is also very urban, never escaping the confines of a claustrophobic, dystopian, future los Angeles. I noticed too that it is shot exclusively at night, and there isn't a single glimpse of daylight throughout the film. Could this mean that the entire story just takes place over one night.

I can now see why so many cinephiles are so interested in this film. It raises so many questions while you watch it, and leaves you to wonder about so many things: what would it mean to be a replicant? Are our memories what makes us who we are, and if a memory could somehow be implanted would that personality be real? Can you create artificial personalities so detailed that even they think they are human? The biggie, of course, is the question of whether Deckard was a Replicant: I was just watching it, scanning each frame for clues, and I cannot decide. Ridley Scott did not think he was supposed to be one, but I think you could find good evidence that he is. Either way, I now can't wait to see the sequel: this is a franchise I can see myself getting into - it is science fiction taken seriously and used to say something about the human condition.


[Edited 12/10/2017 at 23:42:54 - minor correction]

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