Excerpt via New York Times
Filmed for around $28 million and released in mid-1982, Blade Runner did not crack the list of top 25 best-earning movies of the year. Its two Oscar nominations came in technical categories: production design and visual effects.
Today, the film is considered a masterpiece, one of the rare science fiction films that justifies its ontological aspirations. Film professors put it on their syllabuses. Fashion designers turn to it as frequently as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” And music video directors ape it shot for shot.
“There’s never been a better looking post-apocalyptic film,” said Dominic Sena, who directed Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” video, part of which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in the Bradbury Building, where much of the original “Blade Runner” takes place.
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