As part of its continuing series of dystopian science fiction films, the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library will offer a free screening of the 1982 cult classic, "Blade Runner," on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the main library in the second floor events room.
Directed by Ridley Scott, "Blade Runner" combines the genres of science fiction and film noir to tell the story of a futuristic society where "replicants" look like human beings but lack the same lifespan or even basic rights. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a man who terminates rogue replicants and is given the task of hunting four who have escaped (including Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah). Deckard's perspective on his job and his victims is complicated by his developing relationship with Rachael (Sean Young), a beautiful young woman who does not know that she is also a replicant. The story is loosely adapted from "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick, a science fiction author whose works have inspired many sci-fi films.
Beginning in January, the library has offered a series of films with the theme, "Future Imperfect: Dystopian Films in Hollywood." The final film, "The Hunger Games" (2012), will be shown on Monday, March 11, 2013.
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is located at 915 Monroe Street near downtown Huntsville. Visit the official library website for more information about upcoming programs and events.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.