The Most Beautiful Movies Ever Made: Blade Runner (1982)
We have been making movies for over 100 years, despite the thousands of movies released each year every now and again a movie comes along that visually blows you away, has the most incredible soundtrack, or simply has the most beautiful of stories.
When Philip K. Dick wrote his novella Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Sleep it is unlikely that he ever dreamed a visual interpretation of the story would ever turn out like Blade Runner.
Set in a not too distant future (not to distant now anyway), Deckard is assigned the task of retiring a group of replicants, rogue androids considered incredibly dangerous and to be blunt, passed their sell by date. Deckard is pushed into a word more deadly than he has ever encountered, a world where he must question his beliefs, and look deep into his heart to understand his own origins.
Mainly filmed during 1980, Blade Runner was an incredibly high budget gamble on the Ladd Company, a gamble that cost them deeply. The movie ran over budget, over an adjusted budget, and finally over it’s final budget. The result a blockbuster flop. Blade Runner was shrugged off by it’s audiences, and while everyone agreed it’s beauty as a film it was relegated to the back benches. Some years later when shown on Television it was only found late at night, when everyone had gone to bed. But towards the end of the 1980’s the film began getting a lot of attention, with numerous re-releases, multiple format home releases, and a fan-base the size that most blockbuster hits would aspire too.
In a time when CGI simply did not exist, director Ridley Scott delivered a world beyond you’re wildest imagination. A world that was painstakingly filmed by Jordan Cronenworth, every single shot in the movie was laboured over, some shots filmed dozens of times just because the light never shone in the right place.
In Ridley Scott’s vision of our world’s future, the Chinese had become crucial, pretty much ever aspect had fallen to a Chinese method of thinking, even food.
Scenes like the picture above were all filmed with sets, and models. Unlike many other movies of the day, all these effects look genuine, and all filmed in a really glossy way, a shining brilliance.
But it was not just the look of Blade Runner that put’s it in the beautiful category. Blade Runner is known for it’s music as much as it’s look. Greek composer Vangelis was recruited to deliver a classic yet modern score, a score that to this day has felt even the remotest pinch of time.
Little known in the US or the UK come to that at the time, it was actor Rutgar Hauer who put the cherry on the cake. Given a line to say, he took a gamble and improvised dramatically despite popular belief the line “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” came straight from Hauer’s own design, Scott described the line as Brilliance, and Hauer’s gamble paid off.
“It’s too bad she won’t live… But then again… Who does?”