Based on a Book, Drama, Science Fiction
Screens Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00pm
Part of our Great Adaptations series!
Pre-film lecture, "What Makes Us Human?" led by Colleen Donnelly, Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by the police Boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.
About Colleen Donnelly:
Colleen Donnelly is professor of English at the University of Colorado at Denver specializing in medieval literature and modernism. She has most recently published "The Marys of Medieval Drama" and articles on the literary tradition of the harrowing of hell, representations of disability in Wicked, Maleficent, and Game of Thrones and public attitudes toward mental illness.
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