The movie “Run Lola Run” has many recognizable aesthetics. The first one is Lola’s vibrant colored hair. In some of the scenes, the director shot overhead angles of her running through the streets. By doing this, it kept the attention on her. No matter the angle, the audience was able to easily find her. Interestingly enough, red is known as the color of extremes and is often associated with “love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure” (Beyer, 2017). Since the movie revolves around the emotion of her trying to save her boyfriend’s life, it only makes sense that they would use this particular color for Lola’s hair. The movie contains many dull colors except for the phone booth that Manni is in and Lola’s hair (Beyer, 2017). Both colors, red and yellow, are primary complementary colors that stand out against dull colors (Beyer, 2017). The audience is able to keep their focus directed towards the main characters without becoming distracted by the landscapes (Beyer, 2017).
What makes this movie stand out amongst other Classical Hollywood styles is how it’s able to successfully change between a cartoon and actual people. In some situations, this type of technique is difficult to achieve and still maintain a captive audience. For example, when Lola runs out of her room, she leaves the scene as an actual person, however, when we see her next, she is a cartoon. As we’ve learned in class, screen cues are extremely important. Each time he did this, he used transition scenes to switch her between the two realities. The first and last time was with her opening the door at the bottom of the stairs and the second time was when she tumbled down the stairs.
After learning in class, the previous week about time manipulation, I thought this particular movie was a great example of it. Throughout the entire movie, we are re-watching the same scene over a period of three times with slight changes in each. Tom Tywer was able to achieve this by using timely cues. For example, when Manni throws the red bag into the air and as it begins to come back down, we are given the scene of the red phone coming down as well. As both of them come back down to the ground, we land on the scene with the phone falling back onto the hook and Lola running out the door. The only way we are able to tell that this is a different scene is because of the cartoon. The way Lola is able to get down the stairs changes each time. Every time it changes back to the beginning, we are given the scene of the phone falling onto the hook. The movie is able to maintain time manipulation without losing the audience through subtle changes throughout each scene.
Beyer, Natalie. (2017, January 19th). “Run Lola Run: Still Analysis Through Color Theory.” Medium.com. Retrieved: https://medium.com/cinema-studies/run-lola-run-still-analysis-through-color-theory-6b9da54e5fe7