After recently watching all of “The Truman Show” (1998) and (some of) “Blade Runner” (1982), I ran across this article on Facebook that pulled these two films as important cinematic explorations of postmodernism in architecture and urbanism. I grew up going to Seaside, FL, where “The Truman Show” was filmed, and I have watched it transform from a small, experimental New Urbanism community to an often traffic-heavy, desirable beach town. Seeing Seaside through a lens of skepticism was definitely unusual from my perspective, but I can see how the overly cheerful atmosphere of the beach houses supported the too-good-to-be-true set of the Truman Show.
“The scenery is no less fictional: an absolutely organized city, with single-family homes isolated in their lots, perfectly mown gardens and good citizens”.
As for Blade Runner, I didn’t quite make it all the way through the movie. I didn’t particularly enjoy the plot, but I was amazed by the visuals. “The Truman Show” and “Blade Runner” really could not be more different visually, but the blend of Asian and American aesthetics in a gloomy, hectic, rainy atmosphere made for a really captivating setting.