Albion, Art, Books, Film

Hindsight…

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More differences… Rachael is the first android we ‘see’ Deckard meet… And the first time we ‘see’ the empathy test in operation… Rachel is ‘ewe’ in Hebrew… So Pee-Kay-Dee… Was evidently no slouch… And this quite clearly adds another dimension to the title of his book… There is no Leon… But a Polokov… And no Zhora Salome… Who is the android played by Jo Cass… Instead we have Luba Luft… An opera singer… Who plays Pamina in, Mozart’s masonic opera, the Magic Flute when ‘retired’… The androids have been established on earth… Far longer… And Deckard… Has far more truck with them.

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Jay-Eff-Sebastian is Jay-Arr-Isidore… He doesn’t work for ‘Android Inc.’ but he, along with Pris… Appears much earlier in the piece… Consequently, Roy Baty… Appears much later… And Baty has a wife… Irmgard… One thing is apparent… The film waters down many of the salient points… That Pee-Kay-Dee is making… Hell… Even ‘retires’ assumes a whole new significance… Both humans… And humanoids… Are actively engaged in the questions… Of their existence… And identity… Throughout… This serves to blur the lines…  Between them… And also… Paradoxically… Fosters… Empathy…

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Luba flees… Not through a shopping mall… Like Zhora… But to an art gallery… Which allows us to consider… Two significant works of art… The Scream… And Puberty... Both by Edvard Munch… As you can see… Pee-Kay-Dee is not pulling any punches here… The inevitable question arises… How much did Saul’s dad know?… And is that why he was reluctant to lend the book?… Or did he just read it as science fiction?… There is a conversation… Which circles about the relative merits of book and film… And some pertinent looks… In there… But that may be just… Hindsight… Or a mixed-up memory.

 

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