Blade Runner – a Method to the Generic Madness Essay

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This paper will look at Ridley Scott’s use of distinctive characteristics from both science fiction and film noir, in the multi-generic film Blade Runner.

In order to do this, we must first establish what the main characteristics are for film noir and science fiction respectively. These can be divided into visual style, structure and narrational devices, plots, characters and settings and finally worldview, morality and tone. The reason why it is important to know these genres, is because genre consists of a set of codes, that are recognized and in turn understood by both filmmaker and audience. This set of codes, once recognized, leads to expectations of a certain style of mis-en-scene, narrative, type of characters etc. that
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It is often this personal code that leads to the hero’s conflict with the “higher” powers, whether they are an industrial magnate, a corrupt politician or someone else entirely – as long as they are in power and are abusing it.
The anti-hero is frequently portrayed as a hardboiled detective, who used to be a cop. Other archetypes seen beside the anti-hero is the femme fatale and the corrupt policeman.
The main characters are mostly people trapped in unwanted situations of one sort or the other. While they are seldom the ones who created the situation, they are often responsible for escalating or worsening them. They are held hostage by fate and often doomed.
Most film noirs play out in urban settings, evoking pictures of labyrinths and mazes. Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago are especially popular. Scenes are often shot in bars, nightclubs and other places in the seedy underbelly of the city, as well as in complex industrial settings, such as train yards, power plants and factories.
Film noir is essentially pessimistic and depicts a world that is inherently corrupt and morally ambiguous (Doll, 91).

As with film noir we will start with the definition of science fiction found in the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, which reads “a type of book, film/movie, etc. that is based on imagined scientific discoveries of the future,

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