I've added two short references on the different versions of Brazil and Blade Runner to the supplement to the course.
What did you notice about m-e-s in Blade Runner?
Picking up on our class discussion, and Barbara's question, how do you think this title card affected viewers in June, 1982 differently than it does today, in April, 2012? How has it affected your reading of the film, and your interpretation of the m-e-s in particular?
Share your general thoughts and reactions to Blade Runner here.
While watching Blade Runner, focus broadly on the mise-en-scene (m-e-s) and how the filmmakers use elements of the m-e-s to construct their vision of the future.
- What elements of the m-e-s would you point to as being "futuristic"? If so, what are they? Where in the film do you notice these elements?
- Can you find recurring elements? Particular uses of light, or arrangements of people or objects, for example?
- Are there individual shots or scenes that seem to distill or concentrate how the future looks in the film? What are the primary elements of the m-e-s that signify the filmmakers' ideas?
- Are there aspects of the m-e-s that seem more like design details than ones that are material within the narrative? On the other side, are there aspects that seem crucial to the narrative?
- What does Blade Runner borrow from Metropolis? What does the film have in common, visually, with Brazil?