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The Representation of Genre and Narrative in the Opening Sequence of the Film Blade Runner

For this essay question I am going to be viewing and exploring the
themes of genre and narrative in the first 10minutes of the film Blade
Runner. Blade Runner was first released in 1982, directed by Ridley
Scott ('The Duellists' 1977 and 'Alien' 1979), Blade Runner was a film
adaptation of Phillip K Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep?'. Originally a box office flop the film soon built itself a
cult following. Its status as a significant science fiction film was
further enhanced by the re-release of Blade Runner - The Director's
cut in 1992 which omitted the voice-over and, more significantly,
featured a substantial change to the original 'happy' ending. I will
be analysing a section of approximately 10 minutes in length from the
point where we first encounter Deckard (Harrison Ford) in the downtown
area of Los Angeles to the end of the scene in the police station.

Blade Runner falls into the category of Science Fiction as in terms of
genre, genre is the French word which translates literally as 'type'.
Films of a specific genre follow and utilise similar elements such as
character types, settings, etc. These are known as conventions of the
genre. Science fiction has been popular since the early days of cinema
when George Méliès astonished his audience with special effects
combining theatrical tricks and photographic techniques to portray a
landing on the face of the moon 'A Trip to the Moon', (1902). In the
1930s and 1940s audiences enjoyed the fantasy adventures of comic book
heroes such as Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy and Captain Marv...


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...f world colonies', as this shows and represents the
notion that man has mastered the technology to explore and travel
beond our earth. As a convention about science fiction genre is space
travel and mans relationship with technology, this Is fairly
represented here. The film then presents us with an 'obscuring
mise-en-scene' as we descend into the street level scene, this is to
show us how these people in the future are living their lives, there
is a great squash of people in this scene with people walking by.
There is a general confusion around this part as there is so much
going on, sounds, music talking, as the camera decends to the people
in this scene the cacophony fades in as we drop with the camera and
the confusion is created here. We then travel through the crowds and
fall upon our main character Rick Deckard.


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