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An On-Line Glossary of Film Style

& Its Metaphors



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Description: Acoustic piano notes, which seem a part of the non-diegetic soundtrack of Vangelis, are heard over the end of the "homecoming" scene between J. F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) and Pris (Daryl Hanna): "Can I take those things for you? They’re soaked, aren’t they?" However, with the cut to a slow right to left pan of the search-lighted city exterior and seamless entrance into Deckard’s apartment is complete, we tilt down past the family photographs on the piano (as the synthesized Vangelis soundtrack orchestrates those notes) to discover we have been hearing the diegetic piano playing of Deckard (Harrison Ford).

Significance: Acoustic versus synthesized sounds, that is, "real" versus "artificial" sounds, are associated with Deckard. This stylized sequence can be cited to support the argument that Deckard is a flesh and blood human rather than a replicant, and to show how Deckard’s main-plot story dominates and comments upon that of these sub-plot characters, who like Deckard and Rachel (Sean Young) attempt to bridge and blur the human/replicant gap.