If you are drinking too much while looking at pictures of real life (or at least Instagram life), if you spend more time talking to machines than living beings, if you are wondering if you are alive , If you have an itch you can’t scratch, if you think you have a condition called accelerated decomposition, if you live in an empty apartment building, there may be a film that speaks to you. Is, and that film came out almost 40 years ago. It is called “Blade Runner”.
Since its 1982 debut “Blade Runner”, Phosphorescent, set in futuristic Los Angeles and directed by Ridley Scott, has enticed fans to see it as coming to life, everywhere. The film’s motifs – largely preceding high-rises, the aesthetic effects of Asia’s megacities, large-scale LED screens – are visual shorthand for the future: down and out (but dark and sexy) versions.
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Only a few of those places resemble the film As most of Manhattan still closed, Where a star, let alone, more class-based update of the film’s retro-noir mood, has gained momentum. The filmmakers behind “Blade Runner” were originally inspired in New York, and before the city embodied its post-apocalyptic setting, in which “anyone with whirlwind is possibly gone,” Jenen As a muslin. wrote In 1982. “Only the scars remain.”
Adrian Benape, former New York City commissioner and current head of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, sees “creeping Blade Runner Syndrome” everywhere from Manhattan to the skies, which he decides to work with every day from his home. Up West.
“They are empty,” Mr. Benape said. “I am alone many times during rush hour. It is terrible as hell. He also said that interfering with the portrayal of the world in the film is saturated by the ubiquitous advertising.
“New York places no longer had advertisements, there were advertisements,” he said. “You can’t get away with it.” It is in the subway, it is on the roads, it is on the barges. You will never be locked up. “
The giant screen is nothing new. But the streets of New York had never been allowed before with twitchy, flashy flashing LEDs, a trend that has only intensified during the epidemic, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announcing the addition of 9,000 broadcasts last summer to “Kovid -Relevant security information. “
“There’s advertising everywhere, and it’s a bit of sensory overload,” Ben Kallos, a city council member representing the East Side of Manhattan. Mr Kallos said the network of 1,800 pavement kiosks around the city, block after block of free Wi-Fi as well as eye-level digital content, is “pushing the limit” when it “advertises to people.” Amount “. Ready to take. “
Said that, for all its complexity and clutter, New York’s visual environment has been carefully calibrated by the zoning code and advertisers desire that the “Blade Runner” signature of a geisha’s face falling below a geisha’s blimp. Do not trigger associations with images in. , Let alone the figure of the unbroken Big Brother in Apple’s infamous “1984” commercial (directed by Mr. Scott).
However, slip-ups occur. Last summer, during protests over the murder of George Floyd, marchers gathered near Columbus Circle looking at the messages from a billboard and telling them strictly to go home and “don’t be a criminal.”
“They were telling people that this is not what George Floyd wants, things like that,” Frederick Joseph, a marketing and communications expert who is also the author of the recently published New York Times best seller “The Black Friend” Huh.
Mr. Joseph was marching under a 32-foot-high digital sign – the only such hoarding in front of Central Park – and New York Governor Andrew M. Shocked at seeing the messages with Cuomo’s face A confusing twitter handle. (The Moinian Group, a real estate developer who owns Billboard, did not answer multiple calls.)
“There was basically a countdown going on about how long before the curfew before that,” Mr. Joseph said. “And when it was liked 10 minutes ago, people started running. It felt like something like ‘The Hunger Games’ or ‘Blade Runner’.
Not all the similarities in the film are of nightmares. Its retro-noir look inspired copycats, including Anthony Bourdon, who preceded him in death. Planned to open A “Blade Runner” -inspired “Asian Night Market” on the west side of Manhattan, and Raf Simons, whose – 2018 men’s wear show Models were shown in monk cocoon coats carrying clear plastic umbrellas under the Williamsburg Bridge on a steamy, neon-lit night.
Indeed, one of the subversive victories of “Blade Runner” is making techno-fascist dystopia enticing.
James Sanders, author of “Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies,” said, “It must be awful, but certainly it’s mesmerizing.” Mr. Sanders said that “Blade Runner” originally spoke of a “panic that the white middle-class culture was overrun by foreigners.”
Parts of Midtown are inconsistently gloomy, such as along Lexington Avenue in the 40s, where mannequins find humans thrashing around, space-helmeted cyclists roam around a pile of garbage, and jellyfish glowing underseat. Like, any glow of life only underlines the vacuum.
Just half a mile south, however, in Manhattan’s Koerstown, the feel is warm, if a little edgy, as the restaurant turns 32nd Street into a Vogue-ish outdoor market where you may not feel comfortable when Do not wear a neoprene cocoon coat with nozzles for the attachment of heating tubes. It is not just diners with seolongtang dissolving inside plywood shacks, cosmetic treatments on glittering stairwells, or burrows in diners’ feet that are not drained by acid rain, as in “Blade Runner”, some of the spoils can pass. Midtown).
Scott Gerais is the general manager of the Edison Hotel, a jazz edge showpiece that opened in 1931, when Thomas Edison commissioned the 26-story building’s lights. The faces of the Pixelated models are filled with an estimated 810 rooms from Times Square, including the Presidential Suite where Aaron Judge, a New York Yankees right fielder, spent the 2018 season.
For the past year, Mr. Geres has been one of the few people in Edison.
“For the first month I did not leave the building,” said 48-year-old Mr. Geres, who walks 25,000 steps a day to check for pipe leaks and fire hazards. “There used to be 5,000 people in this building on Saturday night. Now it is just me and one other person on my team. “
Mr. Geres said his job is to keep Edison’s lights flickering behind plywood windows in rum bars and roadside restaurants. The 700-room Paramount Hotel, located across West 47th Street, is “densely dark”, he said, like many of Midtown’s buildings.
“Dark Dark” is definitely the mental state of Rick Rickard’s mind most of New York these days. Philip K. The 1968 novel “Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep” by Dick, on which “Blade Runner” is based, m. Deckard is tormented by the empty apartment – “Sometimes he would hear them while he was sleeping.”
Childless, with communicating via the “vidphone” and drinking himself in oblivion (with Vangelis’ blissful drug score playing in the background, who wouldn’t?), Mr. Deckard was on his own for not hunting fugitive robots. Spend time, whose vivacity is a rebuke to them. Self-Shrinking Spirit – Looking at pictures of the time before, in particular, snapshots of possibly fictional family members.
It is a nose-on-image of loneliness and laziness for “living in a screen bunker”, as pop psychologist Rob Henderson calls the epidemic life. Meanwhile, the creep disorder reported outside the bunker is one of the main inspirations for the 1970s city, “Blade Runner”.
“I was spending a lot of time in New York,” Mr. Scott said said Filming of the film. “The city seemed to disintegrate on its own back then. It was moderately out of control. “
At the time, Mr. Scott was often found flying directly to Midtown via a helicopter service from Kennedy Airport that descended on Stradling Park Avenue, the former Pan-American (now MetLife) building. Not long after, after a serious accident, helicopter service was discontinued.
Mr. Benepe sees helicopters as another way “Blade Runner” speaks at the moment.
In “Blade Runner” you have this overhead traffic constantly circling overhead, “he said.” Well, now supernatural, not only are they now in mass transit with us, they’re not even on the roadways. They are flying from Hampton. “
He said the helicopter charter service Blade recently announced a daily commuter run, set to begin this month, to take passengers from Westchester to Manhattan.
The class critique of “Blade Runner” is not subtle. A sex worker hunted by Mr. Deckard tries to kill him with his tie. The film’s arch-villain, the head of a rogue biotech corporation, lives on the summit of a pharaonic temple, and is apparently the only character in the film whose apartment gets sunlight.
The house, which is located above the city, is as spacious and warm as the other interiors are depressing and claustrophobic. However, compared to the Pharaonic Apartments in Manhattan nowadays in one of the “Blade Runners”, its proportions are not exceptional.