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The short film also stars Benedict Wong as one of the lawmakers. Edward James Olmos reprises his role as Gaff in this film. Flying Lotus composed the soundtrack; Watanabe had used his music as a temp score in making a rough cut of the short. The experimental blend comes in a futuristic bottle. Too long. I would have taken out half an hour.
And the first thing I said to him when he got off the plane was, 'Shall I beat you up here at the airport, or shall I beat you up back at my apartment? Scott had previously declined the project, but after leaving the slow production of Dune , wanted a faster-paced project to take his mind off his older brother's recent death. Fancher's script focused more on environmental issues and less on issues of humanity and religion, which are prominent in the novel and Scott wanted changes.
Fancher found a cinema treatment by William S. Burroughs for Alan E. Nourse 's novel The Bladerunner , titled Blade Runner a movie. Despite his well-known skepticism of Hollywood in principle, Dick enthused to Scott that the world created for the film looked exactly as he had imagined it.
I recognized it immediately. It was my own interior world. They caught it perfectly. The two reinforce each other, so that someone who started with the novel would enjoy the movie and someone who started with the movie would enjoy the novel.
I tangled with Ridley. I thought that the film had worked without the narration. But now I was stuck re-creating that narration. And I was obliged to do the voiceovers for people that did not represent the director's interests. Now he's become charming. But he knows a lot, that's the problem. When we worked together it was my first film up and I was the new kid on the block.
But we made a good movie.
We had a bad patch there, and I'm over it. I was still obliged to work for these clowns that came in writing one bad voiceover after another. Test screenings resulted in several changes, including adding a voice-over , a happy ending, and the removal of a Holden hospital scene.
The relationship between the filmmakers and the investors was difficult, which culminated in Deeley and Scott being fired but still working on the film. Paull and art director David Snyder realized Scott's and Mead's sketches. Douglas Trumbull and Richard Yuricich supervised the special effects for the film, and Mark Stetson served as chief model maker.
Special effects supervisor David Dryer used stills from Metropolis when lining up Blade Runner's miniature building shots. Ridley Scott contacted Kubrick about using some of his surplus helicopter aerial photography from The Shining. It is a story where the two main characters a man and a replicant discover their own humanity and the uniqueness and preciousness of conscious life. But this movie is not a purely intellectual exercise: the haunting loneliness, the jaded love, the desperation for meaning and for more life, all paired with the haunting soundtrack, are deeply felt and simply unforgettable.
This is a work of art in cinematic form, pure and simple. I really struggle to convey the beauty and the layers of meaning of this masterpiece, which always polarized critics some of them clearly demonstrating, I think, their inability to get past the narrative surface of the movie and get to the meaning of its elliptical narrative and complex thematics — or maybe they should all undertake the Voight-Kampff test Quite a few viewers, in particular, appeared not to initially appreciate the downbeat, morally ambiguous up to the point of being disorienting , enigmatic and subtly sobering overall tone of this unconventional movie.
But this movie was well ahead of its times, when it was initially released to the public. Many have called this a dystopian environment, but I personally found it a strangely beautiful and captivating scene. Almost reassuring. Exquisite in its decadence. A beautiful cityscape that is reflected into the iris of one of the main characters. We are in the presence of a human civilization that managed to create artificial consciousness, colonies on other planets, flying cars, forests of skyscrapers, but that also generated increasing wealth disparities and population and climate control issues.
Yes, but also reflecting amazing technical and scientific progress, to an extent that I might even define optimistic in a way, and reflecting faith in the capabilities of humankind, even with all the visible problems affecting its social and ecological environment.
A civilization great in its decadence. Exquisite, dreamlike decadence that is also beautifully reflected in the architecturally grandiose but rotting, huge and melancholic apartment building where Sebastian the nerdish main developer of this Nexus replicant technology lives alone with his bizarre creations, an environment imbued with an eerie ambiance.
We have, in the same room, all different levels of consciousness, which challenges you to contemplate the nature, threshold and meaning of consciousness. Also, the immense, ziggurat-shaped buildings of the Tyrell corporation, engulfed in golden light, and the vast, stark and intimidating Tyrell's office with its huge picture window, all exude an aura of almost religious power, in stark opposition to the anonymous faceless humanity rushing through the rain-drenched, overpopulated lower level streets.
This atmosphere, these environments hit me every time at a deep subliminal level, they provoke in me the same deep reactions that I experience when I contemplate a De Chirico streetscape or some surrealist paintings.
The cityscape of LA , where the movie is based, is eerie in its sense of alienation and isolation, even in its bustling overpopulated streets — a sense of isolation that I have seen pictorially rendered in paintings like Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, for example.
But I love this immersive, bleak world populated by a melting pot of styles and cultures, an uber-globalised environment with a heavy Eastern Asian influence. It is like Tokyio which by the way is a stunning city , but with steroids. It is a great movie that keeps giving every time you watch it, but also a visual feast with transcendental and hallucinatory overtones.
The main characters have deeply flawed, ambiguous, morally complex, desperate personalities, whose development mirror and contrast each other. It is a constant struggle between feeling admiration or loath for either of them.
And the moral and existential boundaries between the two, between human and replicant, get increasingly blurred as the movie progresses towards its conclusion. The purely instinctual and even homicidal greed for survival initially demonstrated by Roy the replicant get progressively nuanced and enriched by other elements. It is strangely intimate, and it expresses both the almost paternal pride of Tyrell for his creation and a dim beginning of moral conscience by the replicant, together with his desperate demand for more life, but it ends up with the son killing his father in an act of liberating, unexpected and violent rage.
An act laden with symbolic meanings, from Greek mythology to the potential advent of the so-called technological singularity. Some of the other characters are quite fascinating too — including the female replicant Pris companion of Roy with her strange mixture of erotic appeal, doll-like but super-human athletic strength, ruthlessness and manipulativeness mixed with fragility and insecurity.
Gaff the enigmatic veteran Blade Runner and Tyrell himself are also fascinating, even if only but masterfully sketched. Sebastian is also very interesting: he is twenty-five years old, a genius, but his skin is wrinkled and he is fast aging because of a physical condition.
His condition highlights and magnifies the overall themes of mortality, decadence and caducity that appear throughout the narrative. The most emotionally charged scene of the movie is towards the end, when Roy the replicant, having clearly overwhelmed Deckard with his superior physical abilities, has literally Deckard's life in his hand.
Roy's final words express and appreciation for life and for the uniqueness and value of his life experiences, which he almost gently remembers and cherishes, and an appreciation for his own personhood; they are all the more poignant because he is about to die, and he knows it. The tragedy and pathos to the kind of knowledge of one's mortality that this replicant possesses, make him more human than his human opponent. While he is dying, he wants to hold onto something that is alive, a white dove that is symbolically released at the very moment of his death.
But the deeply human way with which Roy makes us witnesses to his death does not come as a total surprise - glimpses of the developing humanity of this replicant start appearing when he finds his companion dead, with her tongue protruding from her mouth — in a scene of deep tenderness so contrasting to her bizarre, machine-like death, he puts her tongue back into her mouth by kissing her, giving her the dignity she deserved.
It is a very strong moment. Something very similarly later expressed by Roy himself: "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave". And, most of all, appreciation of the beauty and majesty of the Universe. All features that characterize the short life of Roy, and that make him intensely human.
Maybe he represents Human 2. Maybe this is why we are around - what is the point of beauty is there is nobody to contemplate, understand and appreciate it. His choice to save Deckard is made from a position of strength, an utterly free choice. But the replicant life's meaning is ultimately marked by the manner of his death — and in doing so he shows his human opponent Deckard what humanity is about, he shows freedom and free will that his human opponent has not demonstrated yet.
He is a fallen angel that has gained his full meaning by the manner of his dying. Existential angst at its most poetic. Our short human life is, after all, not so different to the few years lifespan that has been irreversibly hardwired into the basic structure of these replicants — we too have incept dates and a built-in internal obsolescence mechanism. Like Roy, we too long to meet, or at least fathom, our Maker whatever it may be — be it in a theistic, deistic or atheistic version.
At least Roy can go and find Tyrell — we can't.