Blade Runner

“Time to die…”

It is one of the most profoundly sad moments in film history, as Roy Batty, a replicant who is violent because that is how his masters made him, departs this mortal coil.

Delivering a searing monologue which he wrote himself, Rutger Hauer looms over badly-injured former cop Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who lies in a rooftop puddle.

“All those moments will be lost in time … like tears in rain.”

He’s talking about his own fragile dreams, but Batty could also be describing the memories of film fans.

Shards of cinema, here one moment, gone the next.

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