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Run Lola Run Essay

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"Every second of every day you are faced with a decision that can change your life. The difference between life or death can be decided in a split second" (IMDb). Run Lola Run is an excellent 80-minute German film written/directed by Tom Tykwer and edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy that has a four part "What if" style genre. The movie just throbs with kinetic energy mixed with a case of Monster Energy Drinks. It is so fast-paced that it is like a roller coaster that is unstable with each twist and turn. Run Lola Run will captivate your mind and spirit with beautiful and free form flashes of anticipation, panic, passion, desperation, hesitation, fear and fervor that when all combined is quite invigorating and will significantly exhausts its viewers. The formula editor Mathilde Bonnefoy uses to manage the complex rhythms in this film not only dazzles viewers with the pacing, but it also maintains an extensive focus on what Lola is doing and why she is doing it.
Among other things, editing is what determines the length of a shot. Thus, it fully controls the length of time one can look at each image and integrate the information within it. In Run Lola Run Mathilde Bonnefoy demonstrates that experimentation is editing does not have to be formulaic. She handles the editor's traditional tasks of fixing the duration and frequency of shots, thus controlling the film's emphasis on a person, location or device with such a sense of pride that the film becomes more about the editing than about the actual narrative. The opening sequence for instance, shows Lola (Franka Potente) receiving a phone call from her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who asks her to help him in a dire situation, in the importance of returning $100,000 to the gang of criminals that he works for. If Manni does not return the money within 20 minutes, the gang will kill him. Lola hangs up the phone. There are close-ups that show Lola imagining the possibilities in which her job will involve. Finally, she has no choice but to run. Lola sets off, running through the rooms of her apartment, down the stairs, and out into the city streets. From here on, the pace and rhythm of the editing in the film will match the pace and rhythm of significant developments and Lola's sometimes split-second decision making. (A link to the first part of Run Lola Run with English Subtitles is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkAM0tRv5lM).
The principal action of this section has composed shots of Lola running, but there are breaks in the rhythm for scenes for other events that illustrate the different characters in Lola's quest. The visual rhythm of the film has a powerful soundtrack that is a techno beat that has a musical score written for synthesizers, piano and percussion. The soundtrack has accents of glass breaking and camera shutters clicking with Lola's voice repeating, "I wish I was a..." and other voices saying "Hey, hey, hey." Together, editing and sound design the fast pace of...

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