Friday, 20 March 2015

“Blade Runner”.

Together with “2001: A Space Odyssey”, but in a different way, Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” (based on the 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick), starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, is another of my all-time favourite sci-fi movies.

Without giving away too much on its plot, in my opinion, the film combines deeply human reflections about the inevitability of death and about what the human condition entails, with clearly political elements of Nietzschean thought: the slave/master, Übermensch/Untermensch contrast.

This scene, however, gives an unexpected twist to everything Nietzschean in the film:

After acknowledging the distinction Übermensch/Untermensch, Scott seems to ask his viewers “who’s who”? It's clear who is the Übermensch and who is the Untermensch, but who is the master and who, the slave?


From Vangelis’ superb soundtrack, “Blade Runner” end titles:

I imagine the world’s most reviled, slandered man, born in Trier, would have smiled. 

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