Blade Runner (1982)

Cinema Classics Seminar: Blade Runner

The Movie and the Man
Wednesday, March 7, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members
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Widely regarded as one of the most influential films of the twentieth century, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) recently celebrated its 35th anniversary as well as the arrival of a critically acclaimed sequel. In this seminar, we will explore the original classic as a conflicted meditation on postmodern notions of humanity. Cultural theorists and futurists have talked about the rise of “post-humanism” in an age of increasing fusion between ourselves and our technologies. Drawing on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film elaborates on this theme of post-human identity with its notions of “replicants”—androids designed to look human and to be exploited for labor and military service. In asking whether and how the circle of our humanity and sentience ought to be extended to our biomechanical creations, Blade Runner remains an exemplar of dystopian filmmaking that echoes into our present moment.

It also remains a signal achievement in cinematic world-building. With a visual style emerging from music videos and advertising, Scott brought to the project a sensibility rooted in plausible imagination of a near-future Los Angeles—polyglot, multicultural, ravaged by environmental and industrial catastrophes, and corporatized to a dehumanizing extreme. Blade Runner is both a nightmarish vision of the future and a tableau whose beauty remains irresistible.

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.
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