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Sean Redmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325093

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.001.0001

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Introduction: Reading (into) the Greatest Science Fiction Film Ever Made

Introduction: Reading (into) the Greatest Science Fiction Film Ever Made

(p.7) Introduction: Reading (into) the Greatest Science Fiction Film Ever Made
Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner that has become one of the most lauded science-fiction films ever made. It talks about academics who have written about Blade Runner in terms of its racial and sexual politics, its exploration of humanity, and of the way it challenges many of the accepted or expected codes and conventions of the science-fiction film. It also examines how Blade Runner is considered by the British Film Institute to be a 'Modern Classic' and is often one of the most written about films when it comes to science-fiction readers. The chapter analyses how Blade Runner is often used as the seminal text with which to explore the poetics and politics of the science-fiction genre. It mentions Blade Runner as one of the biggest commercial failures of the summer of 1982 for bringing in less than half the cost of its production.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, sexual politics, humanity, science-fiction film, Modern Classic, seminal text

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