“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.”  —–Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) in Blade Runner

2 thoughts on “Desire

  1. I’ve wondered why Ridley Scott would bring up Tannhauser, and what the significance of the gate might be. I guess it’s the gate back into Venusberg, the underground home of Venus. But you could imagine the reference being about getting things straight (and he had just saved Deckard’s life) prior to passing through the portal to the other side. It would be good to think that Roy had found redemption, and the liberated dove flying up to the first hint we’ve seen of a blue sky above the clouds would reinforce that. Anyway, how are you?

  2. I thought about your comment for a long while but as usual didn’t get a reply out. You’ve probably already forgotten about this, but I think of it quite often. I think it’s redemption and resignation, the sorrow of how much life – excruciatingly beautiful, intensely memorable moments – Roy packed into the 4 years that was his lifetime. He took note of the glittering c-beams en route to his fall from grace (Tannhauser)… His was a discriminating mind. (I’m not like him, but I sure feel his pain!)

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