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English: Run Lola Run Presentation

Anaylising the aspects and central themes of Run Lola Run, by Tom Tykwer and my 2 related materials 100 years and ???

Youchaa Salameh

on 14 March 2011

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Transcript of English: Run Lola Run Presentation

RUN LOLA RUN Summary: Themes: Money Chance Choices Related Texts 100 years - five for fighting One Chance - Angel Kah Link between Run Lola Run and related Materials Time Run Lola Run “How I’d always be there?” Angel Kah - One Chance Rehtorical Question Close-Up Shot “what I will do for you? There’s never a wish better than this.” Five For Fighting - 100 Years Rehtorical Question Song: Poem The lighting of the pinwheel also adds dramatic tention to lure the attention of the audience. Run Lola Run: Mirror Existential Five for Fighting: 100 Years "Making our way back from Mars" Hyperbole In my presentation i have explored the concepts of Run Lola Run through various techniques and themes, which utilises Tom Tykwer’s hidden message in scripted throughout the film. Run Lola Run is a film directed by Tom Tykwer. The film was created in 1988. Tom Tykwer demonstrates his message in the film by portraying themes and techniques. The themes which are conveyed throughout the film are money, time, courage, chance & choices. The plot summary of the film is based upon Lola who receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost $100,000 in a subway train that belongs to a gang leader. Lola has 20 min to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, Manni will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives happen depending on some minor event which trigger along Lola's run. The two related text I have chosen to analyse have a various amount of techniques which related the texts together. The related texts I have chosen are One Change by Angel Kah and the lyrics 100 years written by the band Five for Fighting. These three composers all demonstrate their hidden message through their various techniques and themes. Tom Tykwer, Angel Kah and Five for fighting all address these aspects to send or distribute their central message to the audience through the use of cinematography, themes, symbols characterisation and Narrative structure. The purpose of this is to affect the audience members and persuade them about the hidden message. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/one-chance-for-david.html Run Lola run portrays many themes throughout the film. One central theme used within the film is Money. Money in the film plays an important role as it is the entire situation that begins Lola journey. Money is currency which is traded for valuables or goods. Money is also presented through the 2 texts I have chosen. Money is portrayed in the film in the scene where Lola and Manni are robbing the store. This demonstrates the message that Tom Tykwer specifically placed within the film. The message was portrayed through the theme money and supported through the technique of close up shot. This technique shows the characters facial expressions. Lola and Manni facial expressions portray their determination. This also demonstrates the length they will go for love. Tom Tykwer has portrayed these themes and techniques to persuade the audience of his hidden message which is portrayed within the film. The effect on the audience is to make the audience members think what they will do if they were in the position of Manni and Lola. This is also expressed through the poem One Chance by Angel Kah. Angel has portrayed her hidden message also with the theme of Money which is supported with techniques. Angel has depicted this through the line “How I’d always be there?” The technique is a rhetorical question. Angel hidden message is to show what she will do for love. This relates to Tom Tykwer’s hidden message of Love and also has the similar effect on the audience. This theme is also portrayed within the lyrics of Five for Fighting in the song 100 years. Five for fighting has also depicted their central message through the theme of money. They have supported this through their techniques. This is shown in the line “what I will do for you? There’s never a wish better than this.” The technique in this line is also rhetorical question. This demonstrates the hidden message Five for Fighting were determinate to present to the audience. The effect of all three texts towards the audience is all similar as they all relate to one another. Tom Tykwer explores the central themes of chance in the film Run Lola Run. Tom Tykwer demonstrates this theme through the techniques to support his hidden message in the film to affect the audience. Chance is portrayed in the scene when Lola is gambling to win $100 000. Gambling is a massive game of chance. Lola places 100 chips on the number 20 black. Lola then wins $3500 then she places it back onto the same number and concentrates as hard as she can, she then won $100 000. The technique used in this scene is a close-up shot on the number 20 black. Tom Tykwer used close up to portray the chance of Lola’s game. Tom Tykwer used this to make the audience shocked as also shown in the film. Chance is also used as a negative aspect. The negative aspect of chance is when Lola is shot by accident by the police officer, the chance of the police officer’s gun firing and the chance of the single bullet hitting Lola. The technique used in this scene was slow motion. Slow motion was used to dramatise the situation. The affect left the audience shocked that the hero of the story was shot and killed. This also portrays Tom Tykwer’s view of Postmodernism. Postmodernism is a movement away from the viewpoint of modernism. More specifically it is a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the problem of objective truth and inherent suspicion towards global cultural narrative or meta-narrative. It involves the belief that many, if not all, apparent realities are only social constructs, as they are subject to change inherent to time and place. The postmodernism in this film is that there is a female hero and heroes are commonly male, also heroes never die but in Run Lola Run, Lola is shot dead. This relates to the related poem One Chance by Angel Kah. The title itself explains that chance itself is not a guarantee. But it is also portrayed in the line “Let me have a chance at happiness”. This shows that the composer is pleading for a chance at happiness, but chance is what happens on its own. Nobody can alter their own chance; they can only give it a more percentage of happening, by focusing their entire body and soul. The effect of this shocks the audience. Tom Tykwer explores the central theme Choice in the film Run Lola Run. Choice is portrayed in the scene where Lola is staring into the mirror and looking into the store contemplating whether to help or not, her decision was quick and she made her decision. She made her choice and it was to help Manni rob the store. The technique used within this scene was mirror. The mirror focuses on Lola facial expression to show how she contemplates her decision. The symbolism used within the scene is the mirrors reflection of Lola, it demonstrates Lola’s Past and future, and it also plays as a barrier between Manni and Herself future. Tom Tykwer specifically used this scene to demonstrate his hidden message of Existentialism. Existentialism suggests that it is possible for people to face the anxieties of life head-on and embrace the human condition of aloneness, to revel in the freedom to choose and take full responsibility for their choices. They courageously take the helm of their lives and steer in whatever direction they choose; they have the courage to be. One does not need to arrest feelings of meaninglessness, but can choose new meanings for their lives. By building, by loving, and by creating one is able to live life as one's own adventure. One can accept one's own mortality and overcome fear of death. This is portrayed in the beginning of the film when the narrator is speaking. The Dialogue Tom Tykwer specifically chose were “Man. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless Questions in search of an answer.. an answer that will give rise to a new question... and the next answer will give rise to the next question and so on. But, In the end isn’t it always the same questions? And always the same answer? This is a series of rhetorical questions that demonstrate the existential use within the film that Tom Tykwer has presented for us. This also relates the song 100 years by five for Fighting. Five for fighting also demonstrate a choice; this was portrayed in the line “Making our way back from Mars.” The technique used here is hyperbole as they are not literally making their way back from Mars. This demonstrates a highly sophisticated lyric. Mars symbolises the distance they have travelled, and now they are departing from their journey. The effect of both these texts is to question where you stand and make a right decision as they it does lead to your final destination and it makes all the difference. Run One: Run Two: Run Three: 100 Years - Five for Fighting Entire song demonstrates Time Time: Choice: Chance: Money: “Man. A mystery of unanswered questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we know what we think we know? Why do we believe anything at all? Countless Questions in search of an answer.. an answer that will give rise to a new question... and the next answer will give rise to the next question and so on. But, In the end isn’t it always the same questions? And always the same answer? Existential Conclusion: In conclusion I believe that the presentation has explored how Tom Tykwer who directed Run Lola Run, Angel Kah who composed One chance and Five for fighting who composed 100 years have all presented the link and relations they share through the similar themes and techniques all used to affect the audience. One Chance By Angel Kah Time in the film is a key aspect in the film, as it is constantly portrayed. It is demonstrated several ways in the film. In run Lola run the aspect of time is demonstrated in the music throughout the film. The music in the film is high tempo and has a constant ticking sound which demonstrates a clock this is to portray the speed and distance she is travelling, making her seem faster then she is actually running. In each run that Lola is faced with the music changes slightly as do her choices and her chances which lead to her outcomes. Each run the singing in the music seems to get clearer and the temp and speed of the music calms down. This shows how she has taken control of the situation and that time will not beat her, she will beat the time. This level of sophistication is also presented through the song lyric 100 years by Five for Fighting. Throughout the song the persona’s character is aging rapidly by the end of the song he is 100 and dying. This demonstrates the theme time as time move rapidly throughout the song. Another example of time is the scene where we see Manni and Lola in a split scene as a clock underneath them is ticking away slowly. Tom Tykwer used this to show how time is now and don’t waste it, use it every second that you have.
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