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Speculations… Cinematic Similarities

I recently noticed some similarities in a couple of scenes from two of my most favorite films, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Blade Runner (1982). Nothing wrong with being inspired by a classic film!

1. time – late into the night/early morning
2. location – victim’s bedroom, victim in canopy bed
3. action – victim reading/working
4. props – chess board, animal statues around bed
5. wardrobe – victim’s “big collared” styled robe (victim puts it on later in Blade Runner scene)
6. character – victim is a boss
7. shots – similarly composed shots (flipped)
8. lighting – candle or candle styled lights around bed
9. purpose – victim is going to be murdered (though the word “victim” might have been a clue)