Post Modern Influences in “Blade Runner” and Links to the Film.

Topics: Blade Runner, Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Pages: 2 (419 words) Published: July 25, 2012
Cristina Degli-Esposti stated that “Our culture is indeed postmodern in this oxymoron-like manner as it transcends the notion of present. It reaches back to the past and forward to the future trying to synthesize these two imaginary places” This notion of both reaching back to the past and forward to the future, can be seen in Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner. The film although set in L.A. in 2019, shows many aspects of both the 1980’s culture and that of the 1940’s, when the film noir genre rose to popularity. Aspects of these cultures and time periods can be seen in the retro architecture and couture. The architecture in particular shows this contrast, with the ruined buildings that can be seen at ground level in contrast with the magnificent skyscrapers that can be seen in places throughout the movie. The intertextuality of the film is also a postmodernist feature. With intertextual references to William Blake’s (A pre-Romantic poet) poetry, "Fiery the angels fell / Deep thunder rolled around their shores / Burning with the fires of Orc." There are intertextual links to John Milton’s Paradise lost as well, mostly in relation to themes and motifs, such as redemption and transcendence. Also the intertextual relationship between P.K. Dick’s “Do Androids dream of electric sheep?” and “Blade Runner” shows aspects of postmodernism. There are also intertextual links in the form of billboards particularly those of Coca-Cola and Budweiser, a link to consumerism within what appears from the outside to be a consumerist world.

The Dystopian world in which Blade Runner is set, is of a postmodernist influence. Showing what the world could become in a worst case scenario and presenting the danger of the ‘American Dream’ becoming a capitalist nightmare i.e. the triumph of late capitalism leading to a situation such as can be seen in “Blade Runner.” This sense of a Distopia leads to the postmodernist notion of a fragmented self or fragmented society that can also be seen...
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