Blade Runner





Blade Runner is set in the nearly unrecognizable Los Angeles of the year 2019, where glowing neon and flying cars have replaced palm trees and wide boulevards. The film is visually indebted to Italian futurist architecture, French science fiction comics, and Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece Metropolis, but perhaps most of all, it takes aesthetic cues from the king of Americana himself, Edward Hopper. Ridley Scott even cites Hopper’s famous painting Nighthawks as a major source for the set design in the filmThough Hopper’s influence can be seen throughout Blade Runner, it is perhaps most apparent in the scene in which Deckard (Harrison Ford) stops into a noodle bar in Chinatown amidst a torrential downpour. He is quickly whisked away by Officer Gaff (Edward James Olmos), but for the few moments he sits in peace eating his steaming bowl of noodles, we get to see what the diner in Nighthawks would like in a retrofitted, dystopian future. Blade Runner is a film with an incredible production design almost unprecedented in its vision and scope. The diner scene certainly isn’t the most memorable or elaborate, but it is safe to say that film would feel a little less complete without it.

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