As fans of the 1982 movie Blade Runner know, Joanna Cassidy played Zhora, one of the Nexus-6 models who thinks that seeing the C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate isn’t nearly as important as extending her life beyond its four-year expiration date. Zhora was retired quickly. Too quickly. It seems that Zhora had one scene that, “due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control,” went unfilmed. So Cassidy, righting that dreadful wrong, has filmed it herself.
In the film’s intro, Cassidy wrote, “One key scene of the classic was never filmed; a sequence which was to show my character (an artificial human) performing an exotic ‘reptile dance’. Yet, the passing of time sometimes allows us to change the past. So, I have filmed a brand new version of that never shot scene. My interpretation of ‘What Might Have Been,’ for you, my wonderful fans.”
It’s here for us, the belly-dancing moves, a snake, a bedazzled Cassidy. The only thing wrong with this video: The music. The Vangelis soundtrack mixed both past (it had borrowed from the 1940s) and future. Cassidy chose R Kelly’s “Touched a Dream” to dance to. It’s a nice song, but it doesn’t say Bladerunner.
But hey, who cares? Thanks, Joanna, for taking the time to make this.
Cassidy released this film on December 12, 2012. Check it out.
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