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Visions of the Future: An exploration of the visual and thematic worlds of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.


  • Elisabet Åberg

Summary, in English

This essay examines the relationship between the two feature-length Blade Runner films, placing a certain focus on areas of aesthetic, design, and thematic content with the aim of reaching new insights into the social, cultural, and ideological contexts in which the films were made. Each subchapter explores the films from a different perspective leading up to chapter IV, in which I consider the films in relation to the cultural theory of capitalist realism. Here I broaden the focus of the text to examine cinema’s symptomatic and productive relationship to cultural processes, and how our visions of the future possess the power to impact what it will become.


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Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Blade Runner
  • postmodernism
  • capitalist realism
  • cyberpunk
  • film science
  • filmvetenskap.


  • Joel Frykholm