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Tears in rain – time to die

March 15, 2008

Blade Runner has been my all time favorite movie, ever since I walked in to Ganesha talkies in Mysore , paid Rs 1.60/- and watched Vangelis, Harrison Ford and above all Rutger Hauer – the Dutch actor- take off in bleak L.A. with rain, rain and more rain .

I´ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe, Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion I watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate All those… moments… will be lost in time Like tears in the rain… Time to die.

This particular scene has tremendous pathos and poignancy and Ridley Scott is simply brilliant here with the large back lit fans in the background (soon to be imitated ad nauseum but Ridley was the first to get it). Rutger Hauer put together the speech especially the last line . Look at him hold on to the dove at the beginning of the piece and then after the replicant dies the dove flies towards the bright sky – the soul released if replicants have a soul? .

The metaphor of tears in the rain on the chiselled features of the Dutch actor, the music in the background and this replicant dying in an extraordinarily ‘ batteries go dead’ way as Rutger puts it in an interview is visual poetry.

Harrison Ford – a replicant himself?? in the directors cut- underplays his character very effectively . He is the bruised, battered but lucky guy.

If people can get a copy of Blade Runner and especially the Directors cut watch it.

It appears to me that it is warm rain and not cold rain and therefore tears in the rain would blend even more to be indistinguishable except for the salt in the tears but if the rain is acidic would that be salty too? Hey who is quibbling.