Run Lola Run

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Composers use distinctively visual techniques to convey distinctive experiences within our lives, such as the race against time, duties imposed by relationships and making choices. This is exemplified through the film ‘Run Lola Run! ‘ and the poem ‘The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock´ (hereafter ‘Prufrock´).

 Twyker conveys the experiences of time being insuperable, relationships being a burden and choices being left to chance. This is demonstrated through the use of split screens, fast cutting shots and close ups. However, T.S. Elliot illustrates these experiences through extended metaphors, allusions and other imagery. Ultimately, the composers force the responder to compare their experiences to Lola’s and Prufrock’s and to share in their frustration.

The composers of both Run Lola Run and Prufrock´ convey time as insuperable. Lola’s lack of time in Run Lola Run creates a deepened understanding of the urgency and brevity of life. The repetition of the number 20´, such as the close up of the roulette table ironically landing on 20´, reiterates the countdown´ towards Manni, who is Lola’s final destination. Thus, Twyker uses Lola’s race against time to get to Manni to mirror the way we live our lives rushing from one destination´ to another. On the other hand, in Prufrock´ time being insuperable is apparent to the responder, whereas Prufrock believes there is ‘time yet for a hundred indecisions.´ This reveals Prufrock’s complacency, contradicting the images of ageing scattered throughout the poem, for example Prufrock’s bald spot´ and white flannel trousers.´ Consequently, the composers use visual techniques to contrast how their protagonists experience and perceive time: Lola is racing against time and is aware of this, while Prufrock thinks there will be time´ even when, like Lola, he is racing against the clock.

Duties imposed by relationships in the two texts show the responder how relationships may encumber those involved. Run Lola Run conveys...
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