Analyze the film Blade Runner, discuss the narrative techniques, representations, use of stereotypes and the genre used.

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In this essay I will be analyzing the film Blade Runner, discussing the narrative techniques, representations, use of stereotypes and the genre used. I will look at the different techniques the director used to create his vision and its impact on the audience.

Although the story is set in the future, Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” is firmly rooted in the classic film noir genre. It has all the necessary components for this in the characters portrayed in the film. There are three female characters in the film and all of them play the part of the femme fatale of film noir to some degree. They use their sexual attractiveness and ruthless cunning to manipulate men to gain what they want or what they need to survive. Zhora (Johanna Cassidy) uses her sexual guiles to gain employment as an erotic dancer as a means to enter society and try and blend in with the humans. Her clothes could be seen as a sign of the femme fatale, while getting changed into her normal clothes after work you see her slip into a bra styled top and a coat that is completely transparent she leaves nothing to the imagination also she happily strips for a shower in front of Deckard (Harrison Ford) in order to lure him into a false sense of security. Another of the femme fatales is Pris (Daryl Hannah); she uses her sexual guiles in much the same way. She plays a scared and harmless and harmless but beautifull in order to ensnare J. F. Sebastian (William Sanderson), lulling him into a false sense of security. She cuddles him and calls him her friend so she can manipulate him and again like Zhora wears dark tight clothes that cling to her body and leave little to the imagination. The last of the femme fatales is Racheal (Sean Young); she is introduced as the perfect example of the quintessential femme fatale. Her clothes make up and hair is always pristine. She is presented as an object of desire, beautifull but slightly cold at the same time. It’s not until she learns that she is a replicants that she turns her charms on Deckard in order to survive. Although she is manipulative she is easier to like and seems more innocent than the other two female characters giving you both sides of the story, the Madonna and the whore. The film noir aspect is backed up further by our hero Rick Deckard, the protagonist. He is introduced to the film in such a way that the camera gets to focus on him for a short while as he waits for a seat at a food stop. This gives the audience a chance to take him in rather than just see him appear on screen. He wears the clothes of the classic detective; the long trench coat is an obvious sign. When he is arrested you get to see the other qualities the protagonist has, he has the verbal wit of a hard boiled cop, the kind of wit they use as a security devise to help protect him in world dominated by crime, corruption and cruelty and you can see the city that he lives and works in is a dark and scary metropolis with de-humanising environments, dark gloomy and rainy with desolate buildings

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In the establishing of the film the mise-en-scene and non diagetic sound create a very vivid vision of the future; this shot of the film is a panorama of a dark city. The title “Los Angeles, November 2019” appears telling us where and when the film takes place. The use of night and shadow emphasizes the cold and the darkness. The city is a silhouette of skyscrapers and lights against grey sky, smoke stacks shoot flames into the sky and lightning and spinners shatter the horizon. What appears next is an extreme close up of Holden’s (Morgan Paull) eye ...

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