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This book of essays looks at the multitude of texts and influences which converge in Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner, especially the film’s relationship to its source novel, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Essays consider political, moral and technological issues raised by the film, as well as literary, filmic, technical and aesthetic questions. Contributors discuss the film’s psychological and mythic patterns, importance political issues and the roots of the film in Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, detective fiction, and previous science fiction cinema.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879725105
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction                                                                                                                           1
The Android as Doppelganger 4
Technology and Politics in the Blade Runner Dystopia 16
Metahuman `Kipple' Or, Do Male Movie Makers Dream of Electric Women?: Speciesism and Sexism in Blade Runner 25
Androids as a Device for Reflection on Personhood 32
The Cutting Edges of Blade Runner 40
The New Eve: The Influence of Paradise Lost and Frankenstein on Blade Runner 53
Entropy, Energy, Empathy: Blade Runner and Detective Fiction 66
Philip K. Dick's Androids: Victimized Victimizers 76
`There's Some of Me In You'': Blade Runner and the Adaptation of Science Fiction Literature into Film 90
Philip K. Dick on Blade Runner: ``They Did Sight Stimulation On My Brain'' 103
Race, Space and Class: The Politics of the SF Film from Metropolis to Blade Runner 110
Primitivism in the Movies of Ridley Scott: Alien & Blade Runner 124
Script to Screen: Blade Runner in Perspective 132
Blade Runner Film Notes 154
A Silver-Paper Unicorn 178
Subverting the Disaffected City: Cityscape in Blade Runner 185
The Music in Blade Runner 196
Creative Synergy and the Art of World Creation 201
Crashing the Gates of Insight: Blade Runner 212
Bibliography 229
Bibliography Addendum 273
Reconstructing the Director's Cut 294
Blade Runner Credits 302
``Memories You're Talkin' About Memories'' Re-retrofitting Blade Runner 308
Index 314
Contributors 330
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