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Apocalypse-Cinema2012 and Other Ends of the World$
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Peter Szendy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264803

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.001.0001

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Blade Runner, or The Interworlds

Blade Runner, or The Interworlds

(p.81) Chapter 10 Blade Runner, or The Interworlds

Peter Szendy

Fordham University Press

This chapter attempts to view the world after the end of Blade Runner (1982). It revisits the film again after its end, from the finitude that is counted down and in advance for us, as are the lives of Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) and the other replicants, as is the filmic montage that they, and we, are. It describes a scene where Roy and another replicant are able to find the lab where Chew (James Hong) is making the most important of the spare parts that contribute to their android assemblage: the organ of their vision. Roy confronts Chew, looks straight into his eyes, and says: “Chew, if only you could see what I've seen with your eyes,” if only you, the human, could see what I have seen with your eyes. It is impossible to decide if the eyes he is speaking of (“your eyes”) are the ones Chew has fabricated or if they are the eyes of Chew himself. If it is the eyes made by humans for the androids or if it is the eyes of the humans themselves.

Keywords:   Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, replicants, gaze, eyes

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