Blade Runner: Behind the Scenes !

Blade Runner (1982) – Director Ridley Scott with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, cast and crew. Unknown photographer.
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BR_ BR_1 BR_3 BR_4 Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer during the rooftop fight at the end of Blade Runner

A creature named “Alien”

Surely one of the most famous “faces” in cinema, the alien from the “Alien” franchise (1979) by Ridley Scott was created by Swiss artist, sculptor, painter and set designer Hans Ruedi Giger (1940 – ).

Using recurrent themes in his work such as body mutilation, nightmares and surrealism, Giger (along with creature-maker Carlo Rambaldi)  was the genius behind the famous film monster, inspired by his Necronomicon illustrations.
He also did the the Ghost train in the dream sequence in “Species” (1995). His work extends to music, to all KoRn fans, he is behind the famous microphone stand of the vocalist Jonathan Davis and the brilliant Celtic Frost cover “To Mega Therion” (1985) depicting the Jesus slingshot.

Here are photos of Giger with his beloved monster, all rights go to H.R Giger. (www.hrgiger.com). I am not the author of these images.

 

 

 

A close encounter between Truffaut & Spielberg

© On the set of  the sci-fi film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Francois Truffaut, French Nouvelle-Vague director, Truffaut and Spielberg hung around and apparently pointed at something while seemingly discussing a scene. Check it out.

PS – Richard Dreyfuss fans can check him out here https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/374/

 

What happens after the Apocalypse ?

A separation needs to be made between disaster scenarios & post Apocalypse. In a lot of Hollywood films, earthquakes, volcanoes, massive floods constitute a disasterpiece which the goverment somehow manages to stop it before everyone dies. This is a disaster scenario. How many times do we really see what goes on after ? After everyone dies and the earth is destroyed? It’s not as frequent as you think. It has been represented & epitomized by zombies because of what zombies represent to the human unconscious, a form of survival after extinction, but other than that, a legitimate depiction of the post-Apocalypse remains rare.

One of the few films which, in my opinion, seriously deal with this is Luc Besson’s first feature film “Le Dernier Combat” (1983), starring Pierre Jovilet, Jean Reno & Jean Bouise. I am not at all Besson’s biggest fan but I admire his representation of our survival as having returned to the most primitive of states with no language (the film has no dialogue) & rock art.
Here are some photos of what I think is Besson’s underrated chef-d’oeuvre. © Luc Besson.