Posted by: lindsayhumbert | February 17, 2009

Run Lola Run

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The opening credits of the German movie Run Lola Run provided a lot of insight into the rest of the film.  Suspense was built through visuals of a pendulum swinging and clock faces, all to the sound of a second hand ticking.  It turns out that a major plot line of the movie was Lola’s race against the clock to get money to Manni before the 20 minutes were up. Also, during long scenes of Lola running, suspense was maintained through the use of music.

I liked the introduction of the characters of Lola’s father and his mistress.  Short snips of a man and then a woman were integrated into the first, very prolonged scene of Lola running.  The man and the woman were having a tension-filled conversation, but all we saw of them were tight shots of their faces.  It was not for a while until there was a 2-shot, at which point we were also shown the office setting they were located in.

Cartoon Lola

Cartoon Lola

The biggest way this film differed from most I’ve ever seen was it’s incorporation of both animation and still pictures. Each time Lola began her run, she was shown in cartoon form racing down the stairs. At first I assumed that cartoon Lola would appear at other points in the film, but that was not the case. The usage of still pictures, however, was more frequent. Rapid, sequential pictures were used to convey the futures of the individuals Lola passed during her run to Manni. During other parts of the movie, still photos were flashed between and blended with short film clips to send across a lot of information via images in a short amount of time and also convey the proper amount of chaos. Sequential snap shots were also used in the opening credits. Each character was initially introduced through 4 ‘mug shots’ that (by having the character face front, then left, then backwards, then right) allowed the character to ‘spin around’. I think still photos were a better addition to the film than the animation was because the still photos served more of a purpose.

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