Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Sean Young's Behind-the-Scenes Blade Runner Polaroids
Blade Runner is the anti-Star Wars, the most visually dazzling science-fiction film since Lang’s Metropolis. George Lucas used desaturated colors and weatherbeaten space ships to make his toy future appear bleak and lived-in. It was his answer to the candy-color metallic universe as seen through the eyes of 1950s Hollywood production designers that he and friend Spielberg grew up on.
As Blade Runner so elegantly proves, you don’t have to drain color in order to make the future look gray. All you need is imagination and a cast of characters played by adults, not juvenile leads and midgets in garbage cans sporting laser swords and spouting inane dialog. Rutger Hauer can kick Darth Vader’s ass from here to the planet Mongo and even Harrison Ford, an actor generally incapable of delivering anything but lackluster, is perfectly cast as a robot.
And here's a little bonus something from my private stock of Blade Runner ephemera.
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