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Blade Runner can be classed as a Classic Film Noir, as well as a Science Fiction Film, Discuss.

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Blade Runner can be classed as a Classic Film Noir, as well as a Science Fiction Film Blade Runner, a well known 80's science-fiction film, begins in 2019, set in the industrial city of L.A., the scene lit only by the many neon lights and molten guisers. We draw in from a panoramic long shot to Deckard, 'ex-cop, ex-killer, ex-blade-runner', who is at the heart of this film. Blade Runner is, definitively, a science fiction film, but the traits of Film Noir are the bread and butter, bringing it the dark, desperate atmosphere that is the very beauty of the film. Ridley Scott plants shrapnels of Film Noir throughout, from the subtle (cigars), to the downright blatant (the washed-up cop of main man). The genre itself developed in the post-war era, thriving upon the depression that had settled upon the world, and the new technology. The latter meant that scenes could be filmed outside of a studio, and new effects could be created with lighting. ...read more.

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Shoulder Pads, red lips, and a sharp cornered handbag, the Femme Fatale was Eve in polyester, ruthlessly hunting down loveless detectives, and tempting them to do stupid things with fruit, or far more frequently, knives and handguns. Several actresses carved a career from, well, being a bitch. Rita Hayworth for one, as the blonde manipulator in The Lady From Shangai, and Mary Astor, the only woman for Sam Spade. The Femme Fatale was the Queen of Film Noir, and she squeezed her throne for all it was worth. She appears in Blade Runner, cigarettes et al, though far less prominently than in traditional Film Noir. Rachael-the-Replicant doesn't appear to be the lean, mean, man-eating machine that her fore bearers were, but she still gets what she wants in the end (including a soft-top and sunset), and she of course, ensnares our wonderfully melancholy Detective Deckard, the next must-have on the Film Noir list. An 'alienated hero of questionable morality' wearing a floppy brown trench coat and frown is essential to any Film Noir. ...read more.

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It is said that great Film Noir poses the question, 'why is this happening to me?' a question which both Deckard 'why am I called back? Why am I doing this?' and the replicants can ask, 'why am I a replicant, why am I like this?' The answer of course, the bitter sentiment of Film Noir, 'for no reason at all.' The viewer watches Blade Runner's characters like fish in a tank, with pity because they are trapped, and with resignation, because they'll never, really, get out. The fusion of Sci-Fi and Film Noir works perfectly in Blade Runner, using the past to paint a (dismal) picture of the future. The combination was one of the first of it's kind, pulling two genres together to work in perfect unison. And this combination of Sci-Fi and Film Noir will continue to work because the future is unseen, and therefore to us, quite scary, and, as in typical Film Noir fashion, there's always 'something BAD out there...' ...read more.

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