January 10, 2010

Something Wonderful: Vangelis - Tears in Rain (A Blade Runner Tribute)

Rutger Hauer on the making of this scene:

"Originally it was a bit longer, like a half-page of dialogue. So I said to Ridley the night before we shot it, 'This is way too long. If the batteries go, the guy goes. He has not time to say good-bye, except maybe to briefly talk about things he's seen' Life is short - boom! I truly felt that the ending of this picture should be done very quickly, I mean, we'd already seen this opera of dying replicants; I didn't think the audience would stand another protracted death scene. So I said to Ridley, 'Let's do it very fast, and do it as simply and profoundly as possible. But also, let Batty be a wiseguy for a second'. Ridley said, 'Yes, I like it'. So when we filmed that speech, I cut a little bit out of the opening and then improvised these closing lines, 'All those moments will be lost in time. Like tears in rain. Time to die'.

"But you know, everyone always writes about me and that speech, and ignores the screenwriter. I thought David Peoples, the man who wrote that version of Batty's soliloquy, really did a beautiful job. I mean, I loved those images he came up with -'c-beams glittering near the Tannhauser gate, attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion'. I thought they were really interesting, even if you didn't understand them. The whole idea there, is that once he stops talking, the dove flies. You never really see the moment of Batty's death, the dove says it for him."

Posted by Vanderleun at January 10, 2010 7:41 AM
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That's what good actors do: work with the writers to improve the script. In contrast to another science fiction cyborg actor we all know and love who has to have the script dumbed down to match his limited abilities.

Posted by: Brett_McS at January 10, 2010 1:39 PM

I've always thought the dove was the release of the very new divinity Batty gained by sparing Deckard. Awareness flying to its Creator.

Posted by: tao9 at January 10, 2010 5:10 PM

It was an amazingly powerful scene, and beautifully done. In that moment, my opinion of Batty changed completely. He became...human.

Posted by: pdwalker at January 10, 2010 5:29 PM

Beautiful.... Beautiful.... I'm glad you posted this again.

I was about 13 when I saw that movie the first time. My dad took me to "Blade Runner" and "Road Warrior" in the theaters in the same year, I believe.

Fucked me up for life....

Of course, I didn't really understand them until I was about 35. "Deckard"? He's a replicant. Why would you ever send a human to kill a "skin-job"? Why send a man when you can send a bullet?

The dove? What if we accidently engineered our Messiah next time?

Born without Original Sin: (check)
Son of Man: (check)
Incapable of Sin: (check)
Martyred for political expediency: (check)
On the Earth, but not Of Earth: (check)
Merciful, but not weak: (check)
Betrayed by his loving Maker: (check)


Posted by: Gray at January 10, 2010 8:54 PM