Movies and Art #5

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer1998) and Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) (Marcel Duchamp)

Motion is simply a change of position over time, film depicts this quite easily as it shows a sequence of moments in a series. Run Lola Run goes further to show a series of alternating paths with flash forward depictions to show the ripples of cause and effect. In Duchamp’s painting there is also a depiction of time as we see the figure repeatedly as if revealed by a strobe light. In both cases the creator has successfully integrated the element of time.


Philadephia Museum of Art