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Futuro en negro. Cómo se hizo Blade Runner

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,167 ratings  ·  116 reviews
The 1992 release of the "Director's Cut" only confirmed what the international film cognoscenti have know all along: Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick's brilliant and troubling SF novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, still rules as the most visually dense, thematically challenging, and influential SF film ever made. Future Noir is the story of that ...more
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Published 2005 by Alberto Santos (first published May 1st 1996)
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Kevin Kelsey
This book contains an unbelievably vast amount of information regarding Blade Runner. It is an absolute encyclopedic history, covering everything from Philip K. Dick’s early childhood through the moments leading up to Blade Runner 2049’s release. Blade Runner has had a turbulent history to say the least, and Paul Sammon has done a phenomenal job chronicling everything about it. He was involved in documenting the project before the first shot was filmed, was frequently on set during filming, and ...more
WarpDrive
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly, Roy”

This is a well written, detailed and informative book about a timeless masterpiece, about a movie that still now, so many years after its first release, has a lot to say, to all of us, about the nature of the human condition.
This book deserves praise for the amount of interesting information about the movie's troubled and complex history, its actors and their relationship to the Director R
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Paul Christensen
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic read on all aspects of the making of Blade Runner, one of the best films of the 1980s.

So, was Deckard a replicant or not?

The answer is that Ridley Scott intended him to be so (hence the unicorn sequence in the director’s cut), but few other of the film’s participants agreed.

Hopper’s painting 'Night Hawks' is mentioned as an influence, along with the French comic ‘Heavy Metal’.

Scott’s obsession to detail was such that the set ‘even smelled like a sleazy metropolis’.

Greybeard by Paul Christensen
Bill Lynas
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb book about a classic film.
Paul M Sammon has been fortunate enough to to put his wealth of knowledge on Blade Runner into print. From being on the set while the film was being made in the early 1980s, right up to conducting new interviews in 2017, Sammon covers it all.
This is not really a book for the casual viewer, but if you love Blade Runner as much as I do then this is the ultimate "making of" book.
Even the Acknowledgements section is worth a read where it's nice to see him thank his
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C.T. Phipps
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk
Do you like Blade Runner? I mean, do you REALLY like Blade Runner? Well, I do REALLY-REALLY like Blade Runner. I've watched the movie dozens of times and it's really one of those films which exists up there in my head space with Alien and Star Wars that influence everything from my personal life to writing.

As such, I was interested in what has been considered to be the definitive book on the movie. That's because not only was Paul M. Sammon on set with the movie during filming but he's returned
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Will Johnson
Future Noir is certainly a unique book at least as far as I can tell. It is very rare to find a book dedicated to every ounce of a film. This includes examinations of the original source material, all the sales of stories and pitches to directors, rewrites, design, preproduction, production, postproduction, release, re-release, and multiple editions on video/laser disc (this book was written before DVD).

If you wanted to know EVERYTHING about Blade Runner, and haven't watched the four hour doc on
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Noah
Blade Runner is my favorite movie. The first time I watched it, I was awestruck. Although it is over thirty years old by now, the atmosphere and setting left me bewildered. I was so blown away by the environment within the film that I did not understand much of either the story or the symbolism. However, I knew that I liked it. It confused me, but it was one of the most interesting and unique films I had seen. Since then, I have watched it over multiple times, and have come to understand many a ...more
TK Keanini
Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hobbies, sci-fi
I've collected everything over the years that had anything to do with Blade Runner. On page 338, there is talk about a 35mm dupe of the 70mm workprint viewing at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. I was there. In fact, I was there for the first show, 4 hours before the box office opened and yes, I was first in line to view this rare event. It got pulled after running for 13 days because of the legalities involved but as pointed out in this book, it made 94,000.00 during one week of the two wee ...more
Todd
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a Blade Runner fan, then you must read this book. There is no other work about any specific film, let alone Blade Runner, that exists. Paul M. Sammon has put together a collector's masterpiece. The book covers every single detail any fan could ever want, and some that many fans would never have even thought of. Sammon, a film journalist and film maker/worker, was on the set during the making of Blade Runner. He interviewed the actors, the director, and every other major player in th ...more
D.M.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is THE book on Ridley Scott's 80s epic Blade Runner. Not only is it an utterly indispensable guide through the making of the film, it is a pleasantly readable account of the battle that can happen in making any film. Though the special effects chapter is necessarily a little dry, Sammon makes efforts to direct it to the uninitiated as well as those more versed in the ways of effects. Aside from that one section, Sammon did an admirable job assembling years-worth of information on all the as ...more
Matthias Thorn
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I even heard of the movie known as Blade Runner, I was ten years old and in the backseat of a stationwagon. I'd just gotten picked up by Rebecca's mom as part of a four-kid carpool I was in. Rebecca's mom had just seen the movie the night before and wanted to talk about it to the oldest and most intellectually sophisticated person in the car with her at the time, which happened to be yours truly. She had enjoyed the film, but she also frankly disclosed a certain amount of surprise ...more
Diz
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, science-fiction
This is a must-read for Blade Runner fans. It is an exhaustive resource on everything about the movie from the novel to the final cut of the movie released on DVD in the 2000's. There's even a short section introducing Blade Runner 2049, but since this was published before that movie was released, there isn't much content on the new movie. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with Scott, Ford, Young, and Bauer that were printed at the end of the book. Those interviews really give an in-depth lo ...more
Martín
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-ficción
Seguramente el libro más exhaustivo que se haya editado nunca sobre la película. 450 páginas de análisis escena por escena, entrevistas con todo el equipo (Dick incluido), creación del guión, efectos, banda sonora, diferencias entre versiones... Detallado hasta el agotamiento ajeno.
Alex
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, sci-fi
After finishing Paul M. Sammon's update to an already exhaustive undertaking, I can only say that I wish every movie that I liked had a similar volume to go along with it.

Sammon was there at the beginning of Blade Runner's production in the early 1980s, and he's created the only resource that any fans of the film's pockmarked history will ever truly need. Each scene of each version of the film has been thoughtfully analyzed, and Sammon's objective presentation of the behind-the-scenes controver
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Exapno Mapcase
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is a Goodreads First Reads review.

This is an amazingly detailed book, it goes through everything related to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep/Blade Runner. A combination of the first two editions Sammon has at one time or another had access to a number people involved from Phillip K. Dick to Harrison Ford which leads to some impressive coverage from page to studio, to filming, to editing, and to fan reaction.
Andrew
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you do (and probably do not) want to know about Blade Runner. Wow. This is a nearly exhaustive look at the making and cultural impact of the Blade Runner film, including its various 'cuts'. It contains an extensive interview with star Harrison Ford and director Ridley Scott at the end. It includes discussion of the then-upcoming Blade Runner 2049 and one can hope the next edition, or a separate follow-up book will deal with that sequel as well.

A good read for fans of the film, the ge
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Marianne Donovan
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
"Future Noir Revised Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner" by Paul M. Sammon is an incredibly long book with everything you could ever want to know about the movie Blade Runner. I will admit that Blade Runner was one of my favorite all time movies and I am anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel Blade Runner 2049, so perhaps I am a bit biased, but I could not put this book down. I would have liked more pictures and color ones. I loved all the little details that were so lovingly rese ...more
kesseljunkie
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite the numerous punctuation/proofing errors this book is delightful. An incredibly insightful read about one of the most influential films of all time.
Chris
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard somewhere that this was the best book ever written about the making of a movie, and the fact that I don't think I had ever heard any other book described in that way, and the fact that I love the movie Blade Runner, it was enough to pique my interest. I'm not sure if it was actually the best book ever written about the making of a movie, since I don't think I've ever read another one. But there were a few things about it I really liked. Odd trivia like the fact that the movie probabl ...more
Stuart Hill
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with I wondered whether this book would have anything new to offer, having watched the comprehensive documentaries that were issued with the 25th anniversary DVD edition of the movie. My fears were unfounded, this was an extremely thorough book which covers pretty much every aspect of the film; how the script was developed, how the special effects were crafted, what the shooting process was like etc.

Sammon had direct access to the cast and crew during production and also undertook furth
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K
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Sammon's Future Noir is about as close as one can get to having experienced every part of Blade Runner's production from development all the way through post production. Sammon is the authority on this film and this book is the final word on the making of this film. But that doesn't mean the book is without its faults.

Sammon's talent with prose is tested to its limits here. The writing in Future Noir is often wordy and clumsily arranged into graphs that contradict each other and sometimes
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Susan Weinstein
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FUTURE NOIR: The Making of Blade Runner (Dey Street Books, HarperCollins) by Paul M. Sammon has a headline that's not hyperbole--The Fascinating Story Behind the Darkest, Most Influential Sci-fi Film Evermade.

Though 594 pages, I found this book obsessively interesting, though I'm not a Blade Runner fan. An art history and fan book, this revised and updated version of FUTURE NOIR delivers new interviews of Sean Young and Rutger Hauer, and the longest interview Harrison Ford ever did on Blade Run
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Noiresque
Jul 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fanboys of the movie
This is pretty much the definitive book on the making of Blade Runner, the seminal work of sci-fi. If you haven't heard of Blade Runner, that means you haven't seen it, and you can frigging stop reading this review right now.

I don't recall being particularly enamored of the writing style of this book, but the research is top-notch. There were more interesting little tidbits that anyone has a right to expect. This started out as the contents of a special issue of Starlog that came out before the
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Tom Franklin
An exhaustive review of the film making process from purchasing the rights to the Phillip K. Dick story "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" through scrips, backing, casting, direction, production, set designs, etc., etc.

Blade Runner was a difficult film to make and Sammon was there for most of it, reporting for various SF magazines of the 80s. His access to the people involved makes this an authoritative study of the work behind the magic of this film.

The only drawback to the book is Sammon's
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A.
Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film, blade-runner
There is an undeniable wealth of information here, hidden among some of the worst writing available in print. If you wade through the repetition, disorganization, & tuneless language, you will find a solid, unparalleled history. There are good quotes on artist intent & technical processes; though there's not much in the way of BR theories, just the old familiar ground you've already tread.

Ridley Scott should take time off to illustrate a graphic novel.
Trin
Jun 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filmtv
Blade Runner went through so many incarnations and has such a complicated history, and Sammon does a great job of telling its story. This book is really engaging, with a POV that's Just Fannish Enough. (Although Sammon's totally wrong about the Director's Cut being better than the International Cut. Narration rules!) It's a shame that Ridley Scott comes off as totally batshit insane in the interview at the end of the book. ("Deckard's a Replicant...and he's immortal!")
Jon
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For every Blade Runner aficionado this is an essential read, highly informing as well as hugely entertaining. If it has to do with Ridley Scott's magnificent movie in any way, it's surely accounted for in Paul Sammon's book, in closer detail than you ever knew existed. If you like the movie, you'll love this book.
Daniel
Aug 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book I've read regarding the making of a film from conception through to release.
Tony
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable for the BR fan and just as meticulously detailed as the film. An amazing labor of love.
Michalis
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for Blade Runner and sci-fi fans, and a very interesting book about the film making process in general for anyone who considers himself/herself a cinephile. Every single detail of information about the making of the movie seems to have been included here, in what essentially is the definitive book about this cinematic masterpiece. I have to admit that there were a few times that I felt that the writing didn't help, but all in all, this is a fantastic book.

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Paul M. Sammon has written for The Los Angeles Times, The American Cinematographer, Cahiers Du Cinema and Cinifantastique. His fiction has appeared in many collections and he is editor of the best selling American Splatterpunks series. As a film maker Paul M. Sammon has produced, edited and directed dozens of documentaries on films such as Platoon, Dune and Robocop. He is the author of Future Noir ...more
“The term android is a dangerous one, undermined by certain generic assumptions. I don’t like using it. In fact, I threatened to crack open heads with a baseball bat if I heard it used around me on the set,” Scott jestingly declared to this writer in 1981. “You see, android is a very familiar word. Not just to science fiction readers, but to the general public. A lot of material—some good, some crap—has been touched by the term. Therefore, I didn’t want Blade Runner to be premonitory of android at all. Because then people would think that this film was about robots, when in fact it isn’t. I thought it was better that we come up with a new word altogether.” 0 likes
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