Analysis of German Film "Run Lola Run"
Run Lola Run, is a German film about a twenty-something woman (Lola) who has 20 minutes to find $100,000 or her love (Manni) will be killed. The search for the money is played through once with a fatal ending and one would think the movie was over but then it is shown again as if it had happened ten seconds later and changed everything. It is then played out one last time. After the first and second sequence, there is a red hued, narrative bridge. There are several purposes of those bridges that affect the movie as a whole. The film Run Lola Run can be analyzed by using the four elements of mise-en scene. Mise-en-scene refers to the aspects of film that overlap with the art of the theater. Mise-en-scene pertains to setting, lighting, costume, and acting style. For the purpose of this paper, I plan on comparing the setting, costume, lighting, and acting style in the first red hued, bridge to that of the robbery scene. Through this analysis, I plan to prove that the purpose of the narrative bridge in the film was not only to provide a segue from the first sequence to the second, but also to show a different side of personality within the main characters.
The first element of mise-en scene to be discussed is setting. In general this is a very simple comparison. In the red hued scenes, Lola and Manni are in a private place that appears to be a bedroom. The only thing shown in the scene is them lying on a bed. As far as props are concerned Manni is smoking a cigarette. In contrast, the robbery scene takes place in a public grocery store. Surrounding Lola and Manni is a number of frightened customers and cashiers. This contrast in setting shows how private the bridge scene is compared to the robbery scene. The privacy of the bedroom scene allows Lola and Manni to show their more sensitive and vulnerable sides.
The next element of mise-en scene is lighting. As stated earlier, the entire bedroom scene has a red hue to it. This red hue also goes along with the whole idea of privacy. The red tint seems to be the chosen shade because it runs parallel with the idea of two people in a bedroom possible being intimate. On the other hand, the lighting in the robbery scene is completely different. The entire front half of the grocery store is a huge window. The time of the robbery is high noon, so there is a lot of natural sunlight pouring though the window. Since this light is coming from the front area of the store, often when Lola and...