Post by Derek Janssen Post by Flasherly Post by Marv Soloff
On one of the anniversary companion disks to the final "Director's Cut"
of "Blade Runner", it appears that the 'cityspeak' used by Gaff (Olmos)
is basically Hungarian and 'unpolite' Hungarian at that. Can anyone on
the NG with a working knowledge of Hungarian (my skill at that language
is nil - although I spent considerable time in Budapest)verify this item?
Gaff: You are required to accompany me, sir."
Sushi-master: "he say you under arrest, Mr. Deckard."
(Working knowledge of Hungarian, huh?--
We may be one geographical step closer to unraveling the linguistic
mysteries of the Rosetta Flasherly...)
As many times I've watched that, it's certainly a comfortably intro.
Ford waiting on a sill reading a newspaper. I've been in bazaar
situations, though Turkey, the most recognized being the Covered
Bazaar in Istanbul. More along Roman coins among places not just
anyone might care to venture . Deckard calls it a mishmash of gutter-
speak, closer to the East, on a set design I'd suspect as much a
convenience from San Franciso's Chinese quarter. Also been in the Far
East, which is also perhaps truer for sidewalk peddlers working off
carts. Corundum -- primarily sapphires, some rubies, some gold. The
backdrop of storefronts, the gradated peddler shops a step above
bustling past crowded sidewalks, the gutter below literally transposes
for lack of concrete, which can vary from narrow open enclaves to a
few shop window with something in Sanskrit or Arabic someone with a
ponce composed. Invariably, best if all are treated for small enough
to require orienting oneself at the threshold, both overhead and
around, before entering to peruse the display. A discrete section for
a given city, of course, where the back roads to such recesses are to
be found. In Turkey, in Ankara's old sector, Ulus, Hassam's shop, the
genetic snake-dealer to undulating Zhora, might be a step too high for
prosperity and appearance for bartering with Roman coins unearthed by
farmers. Whereas in Bangkok, one might consider wearing sunglasses
before entering "too nice" a shop to ask for a dish of pigeon-blood
Ceylon rubies. One thing common to dusty unpaved back roads is a
profuse smell of exotic food wafting in preparation, that and a quick
eye for contingencies readily at hand. Never, ever wear red socks,
for instance, in Istanbul. And in Bangkok, don't talk too loud or
boisterously. Smiling often serves conversancy as well as anything
intelligible one imaginatively has else to say. And don't walk too