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In collaboration with Penn Bioethics Film Festival:

Blade Runner - The Final Cut

Dir. Ridley Scott, USA, 2007, 117 min.

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine will host its third annual Bioethics Film Festival, Frankenstein, March 20-22.

The screening of Blade Runner – The Final Cut (1982, re-released 2007) will begin at 6 pm, and will be preceded by a reception at 5:30pm. In addition to the screening there will be a panel discussion of the film with Penn faculty, Stephanie Dick and Dominic Sisti, and a special guest- Michael Swanwick.

In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids. As he tracks the replicants, eliminating them one by one, he soon comes across another replicant, Rachel, who evokes human emotion, despite the fact that she's a replicant herself. As Deckard closes in on the leader of the replicant group, his true hatred toward artificial intelligence makes him question his own identity in this future world, including what's human and what's not human.

This year's other films in the Penn Bioethics Film Festival are The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) on March 20, and Young Frankenstein (1974) on March 21.