Blade Runner is undoubtedly one of the better films we have watched in class throughout the year told in a sci-fi setting with film noir stylistic elements.
The most obvious of which is of course the style of lighting. In Blade Runner, lighting is sourced from side lights that creates a a very shadowy setting. Majority of scenes are lit as if it is night and deliver a bleak tone characteristic of film noir. Another application of the dreary lighting, is the shadowy nature of the background, especially compared to the characters, whom of which are still shrouded amongst the darkness, delivering a feeling hopelessness and dreariness also commonly seen in film noir. There is very little contrast in the film, which heightens the dark tones of a film noir. This is most notably seen in the scene where Deckard is with Bryant discussing the rogue Replicants.
Framing and cinematography play huge roles in film noir. As seen in the film, framing of scenes places great sense of the bleak undertones as seen in the conservative and unassuming expressions of characters, especially those of the protagonist. Action is not solely directed by character’s movements, but more so in the hands of the movements and framing of the camera and scene.
The themes characteristic of film noir is most definitely seen in Blade Runner. Extremely dark and often bleak and hopeless future and loss where characters can take solace only in the past.
Of course the presence of rain is a common attachment seen in film noir, as it almosts directs and intensifies with the drama of the film. In Blade Runner, rain could be seen in almost every scene where death would be abound and inevitable. Or in scenes where extremely dreary messages would be delivered, especially in the case of Roy’s line where he likens memories as fleeting and lost as tears in rain.