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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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(p.13) 1. Genre
(p.3) Constellations Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reviews the terms of the themes, iconographies and mode of address of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner that made it fall within the science-fiction genre. It describes Blade Runner as a dystopian, iconic and visually spectacular film that is argued to be an exemplary case study for what constitutes a science-fiction film. It also explains how Blade Runner offers a despairing view of the future, showing high, low and expansive shots of the Gothic, patchwork city as it belches flames, chokes on its own smog, and produces the discernible sense of an omnipresent decay. The chapter discusses Blade Runner's theme on disintegration, in which earth is so over-populated and polluted that people in the film are encouraged to move to off-world colonies. It investigates the 'aesthetic of decay' of Blade Runner that is compounded by the encroachment of technology and techno-science into all areas of social life.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, science fiction genre, Gothic, patchwork city, technology, techno-science

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