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Blade Runner

Sean Redmond


Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner is now widely recognized as an undisputed masterwork of science fiction cinema and one of the most influential films released in the last forty years. Yet on its original release it was both a critical and commercial failure, criticized for its perceived prioritizing of style over content and a narrative that did not deliver the anticipated high-octane action that its star casting and large budget normally promise. How did a film that was removed from circulation within a month of its premiere come to mean so much to modern audiences and provide such a ric ... More

Keywords: Ridley Scott, science fiction cinema, special effects, future city, sexual politics, racial politics, commercial failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325093
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Redmond, author
Deakin University