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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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Textual Analysis

Textual Analysis

(p.71) 6. Textual Analysis
Blade Runner

Sean Redmond

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses textual analysis as the best way to get to understand how a film produces meaning. It points out how close textual analysis enables the critical reader to get beneath the skin of the film by breaking it down into its main sequences or scenes, which reveal its formal, narrative structures, its pleasures, and its ideological messages. It also talks about close textual analysis that involves the assessment or deconstruction of shot, lighting, setting, performance, sound, editing, plot, and narrative. The chapter focuses on the close textual analysis of an early scene from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, which occurs at approximately 7 minutes into the film that shows Leon's cold-blooded shooting of Holden. It describes Blade Runner's scene that begins with a long, panoramic aerial shot of the futuristic metropolis.

Keywords:   Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, textual analysis, futuristic metropolis, sequences, scenes

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