Every film has a beginning, including Run Lola Run. But what is special about this part of a film?The beginnings of films, like the beginnings of novels or plays, are among the densest parts of the entire work. These beginnings are mostly, but not necessarily, identical to the “exposition” (from the Latin exponere,which literally means “to deal with” and in the figurative sense “to explain” and “to represent”), an important part of the cinematic performance. The exposition introduces the genre and mood, describes the place and time of the action and introduces the main characters. It also introduces the action or the conflict and, under certain circumstances, gives initial clues to the outcome of the action. Central themes and motifs of the film are also introduced – sometimes in the form of symbols – in the exposition. The basic mood of the film is often conveyed through the music. The most common form is the deductive exposition, which introduces the action from a distance (for example: city, house, protagonist) and classically begins with an establishing shot – a wide shot which then focuses down into specific shots. However, it is possible to reverse this approach to exposition. It could begin with a close look at figures or events and only provide general, orientating information later (inductive exposition). .
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