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Shawn Levy <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 22 Oct 1994 10:02:18 -0700
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On Sat, 22 Oct 1994, Patrick B Bjork wrote:
> Just out of curiosity, or even for the sake of argument, why did screen
> the director's cut of _Blade Runner_.
I chose the director's cut for a number of reasons:  1) to discuss with
my student's the very notion of authority in the cinema, the fact of a
director's cut is a nice starting point; 2) The copies I can show (I am
hobbled with a VHS projection system, which gives me a decent picture
about 15-feet wide, 9 or so tall) are generally in better shape if I
choose a newer release; 3) I am a bit of an unrepentant auteurist (why
else write biography, no?) and among the 'film' aspects of our Cyberpunk
Film course I like to include discussions of Kubrick, Goddard, George
Miller, Cronenberg, James Cameron and Ridley Scott -- in this light,
giving the director his due seems consistent; 4) Many of my students are
familiar with previously released versions of the film ("Video Watchdog,"
I believe, ran an article a year or so ago identifying 4-6 of them!), and
giving them a look at an 'alternative' version is very stimula
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