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Run Lola Run

Directed by Tom Twyker. Germany. 1998. R. 81 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
Tue., March 28, 2017
March 28, 2017
7:30 pm

Join us for Prof. Casey Schwarz’s 20-minute talk Chaos Theory: Butterflies and Drug Lords at 7:30. Run Lola Run will begin immediately after the talk, with time for a Q&A after the film.

“Franka Potente, the titular Lola, gets a phone call from criminal-boss flunky and fatally inept boyfriend Moritz Bleibtreu saying that if he doesn’t get 100,000 Deutschmarks in 20 minutes, he’s all but dead. Slamming down the phone, she sets about frantically searching for some way to get him the money before he foolishly robs a grocery store in broad daylight. It’s a simple premise, and Tykwer can’t resist playing it for all it’s worth. With a techno soundtrack pounding and the film careening from color to black-and-white and briefly—most strikingly—into animation, he portrays the chain of events three times in a row, with a different conclusion each time. All, however, involve the ruby-haired Potente running a great deal, flying down side streets, making life-or-death decisions, and avoiding obstacles like a character from some video game: She’s even armed with a supersonic shriek that can bend wills and shatter glass. Run Lola Run may be all Eurotrash flash, but it’s not often that a film packs this much visceral punch. Potente might be doing all the running, but by the end, it’s the audience that’s winded.” (Joshua Klein, The A.V. Club) Access reviews at Metacritic.com.

About the Speaker

Casey M. Schwarz is an assistant professor of Physics at Ursinus College. She completed her PhD in Physics at the University of Central Florida in 2012 studying the radiation effects of semiconductor transport properties. Her current research interests include 3D laser writing of novel materials, development and design of optical devices, and optical characterization. She also loves finding physics in films. Casey lives in Collegeville with her husband and dog.


Adults: $9
Students & Seniors: $7
Members & Children <13: $5



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