Distinctive Visuals in Run Lola Run Essay

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A composer can create images dependant on the form of the language of texts to shape a responders understanding of the ideas and themes prompted by people and their experiences. The German film, ‘Run Lola Run’ written and directed by Tom Tykwer, focuses on the experiences of the protagonist Lola to explore the themes of the inevitable force of time, and the issue of freewill verses determinism. Similarly, Dorothea Mackellar, in her poem ‘My Country’, relies on her experiences of the Australian landscape to convey her love and passion for the country using the language of the distinctive visual. The distinctively visual techniques employed by Tykwer in Run Lola Run, function to raise the importance of time, its inevitability, and…show more content…
Split screen techniques divide the screen into three equal proportions creating a simultaneous depiction of Lola, Manni and the clock, allowing Tykwer to show the struggle to beat time. Adding to the dramatic urgency and reinforcing the power of time is the virtual real time of the film, meaning the twenty minutes of Lola’s life are shown in virtually twenty minutes of screen time. Hence, the distinctively visual provides an insightful image into Lola’s experiences placed under seize by the adamant nature of time. Interestingly, visual techniques are also effective in portraying the theme of free will versus determinism to question the responder who and what controls our lives. The tripartite storytelling structure incorporating three wholly, self-contained alternate versions of events is an unconventional filming technique reinforcing the postmodernist perception of having minimal control over life. As Lola rushes past minor characters in the film, flash forwards offer alternate glimpses of the possible outcome of their future, suggesting that fee-will alone is not a sole determination of the outcome of life. In each run, Lola’s encounter with these minor characters varies, showing that even the slightest change can become a significant impact to life. An extreme close-up
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