If I had to spend the rest of my life on a deserted island and I could only bring one movie, I would choose Blade Runner without hesitation. I must have this classic 1982 science fiction movie hundreds of times – literally. The art direction is exquisite and is such an integral part of the story. I especially like the scenes in at main character Deckard’s apartment – and apparently I’m not alone as I found out this morning. It’s dark, atmospheric and has one of the coolest Seventies Italian leather couches in movie history. There’s a brief but excellent analysis on the Architecture of Film blog that is worth checking out. Its writer, architect Benjamin Marcus, definitely gave me an Aha! moment when he wrote “Between the imaginings of visual futurist Syd Mead, the selectively edited interiors of FLWright’s Ennis House, and the direction of Ridley Scott, the residential interiors of hard-boiled cop Deckard reveal the lived-in layers of time, at once suggesting the gritty detritus of a post-apocalyptic future, (to repell us), the shadows of 1940s film-noir (to put us on edge), and the romantic remains of mid-20th century home life (to draw us in). “ I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Then, another site you should go to is PropSummit.com where a group of Blade Runner fans spent over one year figuring the origins of each and every item in Deckard’s apartment. Talk about dedication!
PS: If you like Blade Runner, then you’ll love the Blade Runner Sketchbook I blogged about last year!
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