Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is a modern film noir. According to Merriam- Webster, a film noir is “a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music” (Film Noir). Blade Runner perfectly fits this definition in terms of its cinematography and music. The direction of the film is similar to that of old film noirs from the forties and fifties such as The Maltese Falcon, Strangers on a Train, and Fallen Angel. Ridley Scott captures the essence of these movies in the dream-like and dark quality of Blade Runner making it an instant classic. The first aspect of Blade Runner ’s film noir quality is the lead character of Rick Deckard. Played by Harrison Ford, Deckard is a dark character that does not always follow the law and is constantly at odds with society. While Deckard’s job is to “retire” the Nexus-6, he ends up falling in love with Rachel. Rachel is an android so his love for her is not only strange but it is also against his role in society. In a specific scene, Deckard attempts to teach Rachel how to feel by telling her exactly what to do and say. He is very forceful in the way that he handles her and it makes the viewer feel as though he is forcing her to have sex with him ( Blade Runner ). This dark side of Deckard’s character makes him the perfect film noir character. He is going against the social standard of the film because he is having sex with an android. He is also going against the social standard of the audience because of how forceful he is being towards Rachel.
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