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Blade Runner. Steve Wood TCCC. The Novel. Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968). The Novel. Aspects of the novel not utilized by the film: Deckard as a working class stiff The real/artificial animals The ordinariness of the replicants

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Blade runner

Blade Runner

Steve Wood

TCCC


The novel

The Novel

  • Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)


The novel1

The Novel

  • Aspects of the novel not utilized by the film:

    • Deckard as a working class stiff

    • The real/artificial animals

    • The ordinariness of the replicants

    • Penfield Artificial Brain Stimulation (Brains in vats guy)


The movie

The Movie

  • Released in 1982

  • Directed by Ridley Scott

    • Matchstick Men (2003)

    • Black Hawk Down (2001)

    • Hannibal (2001)

    • Gladiator (2000)

    • G.I. Jane (1997)

    • White Squall (1996)

    • 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)


The movie1

The Movie

  • Thelma & Louise (1991)

  • Black Rain (1989)

  • Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)

  • Legend (1985)

  • Blade Runner (1982)

  • Alien (1979)

  • The Duellists (1977)


The movie2

The Movie

  • The title of the movie came from a book by Alan E. Nourse called The Bladerunner.

  • William S. Burroughs wrote a screenplay based on the Nourse book as well as a novella entitled "Blade Runner: A Movie.” The Burroughs composition defines a blade runner as a person who sells illegal surgical instruments.

  • Ridley Scott bought the rights to the title but not the screenplay or the book.


The movie3

The Movie

  • Scott was also inspired by a painting by Hopper titled “The Nighthawks.”


The movie4

The Movie


The movie5

The Movie

  • Dystopian view of the future

  • Predates “cyberpunk”


The director s cut

The Director’s Cut

  • Released in 1992 to beat the studio’s release of a “director’s cut”


The director s cut1

The Director’s Cut

  • “This version completely deletes all Deckard voice-overs, adds a 12 second scene showing a unicorn while Deckard plays the piano, deletes all additional violence shown in the European version, has a digitally remixed soundtrack and eliminates the happy ending (the film ends with the elevator doors closing).”


The director s cut2

The Director’s Cut

  • “In the Director's Cut while Deckard waits for a seat at the noodlebar, the advertising slogan from the blimp is longer than in the original version (to fill the void from the missing voice over) and adds the phrase ‘This announcement is brought to you by the Shimato Dominguez Corporation - helping America into the New World.’”


The director s cut3

The Director’s Cut

  • “The inclusion of the unicorn vision actually reveals, together with the unicorn figurine left by Gaff, that Deckard himself is a replicant. The revelation is similar to Deckard explaining to Rachael that her most private memory was known by others, and therefore must have been designed and implanted by someone else.”


Frankenstein comparisons

Frankenstein Comparisons


The chess game

The Chess Game

  • The game of chess between Tyrell and J.F. Sebastian reproduces the conclusion of a game really played in the 1851 to London between Anderssen and Kieseritzky. This game is considered one of the most famous ever played, being known as “The Immortal Game.”


Descartes

Descartes

  • “Cogito ergo sum.”


The turing test

The Turing Test


Dick s 1978 essay

Dick’s 1978 Essay

  • Dick adds what he called “caritas” to the Turing test.


The authentic human

The “Authentic” Human

  • Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)

    • Existence is everything.

    • Nothing lies before, after, or outside being.

    • Being is “da-sein” or “being there.”

    • Being there means creating your own meanings in life to create an “authentic existence.”

    • Being “authentic” means living your life on your own terms, refusing to accept the assumptions that other people make.


Sequels

Sequels

  • K. W. Jeter, a friend of Philip Dick’s has written two sequels:

    • Blade Runner: The Edge of Human (1995)

    • Blade Runner: Replicant Night (1996).


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