Monday, September 16, 2002

The Observer asked its readers what they thought were the most memorable moments in film history. From more than 15,000 votes the paper compiled the 100 greatest film moments.

[If you are yet to see The Usual Suspects, don’t read about moment No 1. You’ll spoil the fun. Ditto about some others too, eg Seven. You’ve been warned.]

Came across in this list: Batty the android’s final speech as he is about to die at the end of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner:

‘I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All these moments will be lost in time. Like tears in rain. Time to die.’

Neil Jordan comments that the lines had always seemed to him to be a quote from Paradise Lost. I agree.sll