Run Lola Run Scene
The scene I chose is when Lola is at the casino playing at the roulette table.
How does the scene fit with the overall narrative structure of the movie?
This scene demonstrates the overall narrative structure of the movie, through how astronomically high the chances are to get the same number twice in a game of roulette. This perfectly matches the rest of the movie as it revolves around all the possible outcomes of the scenario Lola is in, leading to this scenario to be the best and least plausible outcome for Lola and the other characters in the movie compared to the two other alternate timelines. This scene adds to the previous scenarios due to how outlandish the odds of accomplishing her goal of getting 100,000 marks in under twenty minutes. The scene also builds off Lola’s character development in that she will find a way no matter what to save Ronnie even the impossible such as betting all the money she has and miraculously winning at roulette with the same number twice in a row. This results in all the casino patrons to stare at her as she leaves emphasizing how strange this scenario is.
First spin landing on 20
Second spin landing on 20
The aftermath of her winning twice in a row with the same number
How is continuity editing used in the scene?
Continuity editing is used in this scene throughout the beginning of her entering the casino getting her chips and going to the roulette table being one single line from each door which gives the audience a sense of where Lola is in the casino based on the straight line she took from the main door to the roulette table.
1.Lola entering the Casino
2. Lola at the cage/Casino teller
3.Lola going through second Casino door
4.Lola coming from bottom of frame showing the direction and path she took to get to the table.
Continuity is used throughout the scene but most notably it is used during Lola’s plays at the roulette table through shots of her placing her bets each time and the roulette wheel spinning and landing on the number she chose.
What narrative forces/desires drive the edits of shot to shot?
The narrative force at work in this scene is when Lola is playing at the roulette table through her actions such as holding her hands close to her face as if she is praying for this to work the first time she bets at the roulette table. The camera actively follows the roulette ball while flashing back to Lola praying, the dealer, and casino security. This builds up to Lola’s next bet as well as foreshadowing the casino security to try and escort Lola out of the building which adds more tension to the scene. Since if she fails to win the second spin she will lose everything. The edits and shots are driven by this narrative leading to the zooming in close-up shots of the roulette table while Lola screams during her second spin. As it effectively builds tension and suspense in the scene to see if Lola succeeds or ultimately fails yet again.
Lola with hands to face praying (1st play)
Lola screaming during her spin (2nd play)
How is time-stretched or compressed and why?
Time is stretched in this scene the second time the roulette wheel is spun while Lola screams and at the end of the roulette spin to reveal that the ball landed on the number 20 Lola betted on. This shot is stretched out with Lola’s scream in order to build suspense during the spin of the roulette wheel. This adds to the sheer determination and stress Lola has during this scene to get the 100,000 marks as everything is determined by the outcome of her bet.