Raymond De Luca is a PhD student at Harvard University, where he studies Russian/Soviet film, literature, and culture. His primary research entails examining how cinema can engage its spectators beyond the strictly visual, that is, how moving images can affect our senses of sound, touch, taste, and smell. The roles played by animals, clothing, and various screens (doors, windows, mirrors, etc.) in film also motivate his interests. He particularly enjoys the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, Wong Kar-wai, Chantal Akerman, Aleksei Gherman Sr., and Agnès Varda. He holds a BA in history from Haverford College and an MA in Russian from Middlebury College.
Blade Runner 2049 resists our contemporary moment of political and cultural polarization that exploits difference as a cudgel to reinforce (inevitably racialized) hostilities. The film instead forwards a vision of[…]