An Analysis of Important Motifs in Sound and Editing

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Sound and editing are both very crucial concepts in film. In Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run (1998), the way the narrative structure is set up can make the differentiation of diegetic and non-diegetic sound difficult for the viewer. The relationship between sound and the narrative structure, however, also makes the viewer more aware of the film's artificiality. In King Hu's Come Drink With Me (1966), we see how the major motifs of editing emphasize the unrealistic and fantasy qualities of the characters. Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run is a change in the structure of narrative as we commonly see it. A standard narrative consists of a beginning-where there is a sense of normality, a disruption of that normality that transitions into the middle, and…show more content…
These screams have an interesting connection to the rhythm of the film; each scream happens at a different point in time. In the first scenario, it happens in the beginning, then in the middle during the second scenario, and at the end in the final scenario. The music interacts with dialogue in the film; the techno beat is, at times, accompanied by vocals, which correspond with not only what is happening in the scene, but also the internal diegetic dialogue—another important motif. “Never, Never, Never, Never, letting go/Never giving up, Never saying no/Just go, go, I never stop/I never think/To do, do, do, the right thing/I want to go/I want to fight/I want to rush/I want to run/I want to see you again/Under the setting sun/We will kiss/We will laugh/We will be a part/Of what is said to be/A union of the heart” These vocals become more prevalent in the second part of the film, after Lola failed the first time. We understand from the visuals and Lola’s internal thoughts that she means to succeed. Noise is possibly one of the most important parts of sound in this film. There are so many different motifs, the most prevalent being the clicking sound. The film opens with the credits and the ticking of clocks. The ticking of the clocks is both diegetic and nondiegetic; At times when the clocks are shown onscreen, it is obvious that those sounds are heard by the characters whereas often the ticking is used as not only a reminder of time, but also

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