Post-Modern Aspects• Hyper-real world• The combination of film noir and science fiction• Questionable character morals• Many meanings found by the audience
HyperrealityHyperreality – a condition in which “reality” has been replaced… - Baudrillard- The seemingly paradoxical combination of self-consciousness and some sort of historical grounding - N. Ford -
Hyperreality Film Opening Very recognizable sceneryBacks up the inclusion of futuristic elements Creating a reality we can easily believe
Film Noir meets Science Fiction Dark Lighting Despite the presence of bright lights and neon signs (as is stereotypical of sci-fi films based in futuristic environments), the majority of the film is covered in shadows that helps to create a pessimistic atmosphere, which is a convention of film noir titles.
Film Noir meets Science FictionThe ‘Femme Fatale’A character who ‘ensnares’ her loversand leads them into dangeroussituations, often using her charm toget ahead.In this film, we have Pris (right), aReplicant who charms and lies herway into the house of J.F. Sebastian.
Film Noir meets Science Fiction Deckard’s Morals Film noir films are very well known for having protagonists who questions the moral implications of his own actions, and Blade Runner fulfils this with the character of Deckard, who questions whether or not he should be killing the Replicants he’s employed to “retire”.
Film Noir meets Science Fiction Theatrical Trailer …references to many traditions and cultures… (read ‘genres’) - Jonathan Kramer -
Questionable Characters Deckard, the Protagonist Presented as the hero of the story, he questions his orders to kill the Replicants but still carries them out, causing us to question whether or not he’s really a good guy.Roy, the AntagonistPresented as the stereotypical bad guy (completewith scars), and yet the appropriateness of hisactions are called into question when it’s revealedhe’s just trying to keep him and his friends alive.
Questionable Characters Dr Eldon Tyrell, the Maker The creator of Replicants, he also plays the God-like character to them. His pleasant demeanour amongst Deckard contrasts the idea that he created people with the ability to think just to enslave them.Rachael, the Love InterestTyrell’s latest experiment, she doesn’t find out she’sa Replicant until the plot of the movie takes place –at this point, Deckard is tasked to kill her, and we’reforced to asked whether or not she deserves to live.
Questionable Characters Roy’s Final Soliloquy A rejection of the traditional WesternA distrust of binary oppositions moralistic narratives e.g. good triumphing over evil - Jonathan Kramer - - Lyotard -
Audience Interpretation Locates meaning in listeners more than in scores, performers, or composers - Jonathan Kramer - The idea that the meaning isn’t necessarily predefined by the production,but lets people apply their own interpretation to what they see
Audience Interpretation Human, or Replicant? Constantly left ambiguous throughout the film, the way it portrays Replicants as emotional and humans as cold brings up the idea that Deckard himself may be a Replicant. Harrison Ford played him as human, but Ridley Scott left it deliberately vague.
Audience InterpretationMortality through ChessThe films theme of mortality is often citedto be reflected in the chess gamebetween Roy and Tyrell.Many fans claim that it’s based on the1851 ‘Immortal Game’, an infamous chessgame between two of the bestplayers, and yet Ridley Scott has passedthis as mere coincidence.
Audience Interpretation The Film’s Ending The ending left deliberately ambiguous in later releases Allows the audience to interpret the events their own wayThe original release was forced to have a traditional happy ending