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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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Narrative

Narrative

Chapter:
(p.27) 2. Narrative
Source:
(p.3) Constellations Blade Runner
Author(s):

Sean Redmond

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.003.0003

This chapter discusses the narrative of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner in terms of the way it functions, like the anti-narrative film found in a great deal of European art cinema. It discusses German Expressionism as the reference point for Blade Runner. It also analyses the dislocated and open-ended nature of Blade Runner's narrative that suggests a challenging art aesthetic that was borrowed from film movements, such as the French New Wave. The chapter explores Blade Runner's narrative, which is marked by gaps and enigmas that are never fully cohered or resolved. It addresses arguments made about contemporary science fiction that is predominately driven by a desire to be always visually spectacular.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, European art cinema, German Expressionism, French New Wave, contemporary science fiction

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