Cinema has two gigantic cities: One is called Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott; the other is called Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang. The difference between these mighty cities? Metropolis happens before what Henri Lefebvre calls the "urban revolution." Blade Runner happens long after it's over. The citizens in Metropolis are ready to fight for their urban rights; the inhabitants of Blade Runner are too tired to fight. Metropolis marks the birth of who we are now. (SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall; see Movie Times, page 88, for details.)

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