Visionary Architecture on Film: Blade Runner

Visionary Architecture on Film: Blade Runner

Thursday, May 18, 2023

6:00 PM–8:00 PM
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Cinema has long built new worlds on screen, whether through ambitious architectural set design or, more recently, computer-generated imagery (CGI). Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Portals: The Visionary Architecture of Paul Goesch, this series presents five films whose backdrops are themselves works of art. Each of them reveals the important role film has played as a site for architectural experimentation and a way of imagining the future.

Once the wealthy have left for other planets, Los Angeles becomes a home to the outcasts who remain on Earth. In Blade Runner (1982; 1 hour, 57 minutes), the city as we know it is barely recognizable amidst dense high rises and pouring acid rain. Architecture plays many roles in this futuristic noir film, starring Harrison Ford; some buildings are villainous while others offer a glimmer of hope.

This series is organized by Ella Comberg, MA ’24 in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art.


Image: Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982