Cinematic Moments That Impacted American History: A Two Part Course with Marc Lapadula

Cinematic Moments That Impacted American History: A Two Part Course with Marc Lapadula


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While most works of cinema are produced for mass entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority has exerted a profound influence on American Life. Whether intentionally or not, some movies have brought social issues to light, changed or created laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on our society. 

Led by Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula, this two-part course will discuss several movies (with accompanying film clips) that, for better or worse, made their indelible mark on the American history books. 

Lecture One: Screenings will include films such as:
  • The Jazz Singer
  • I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 
  • The Graduate 

Lecture Two: Screenings will include films such as:
  • Jaws
  • Easy Rider 
  • The China Syndrome 

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in The Film and Media Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter, and award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins where he won Outstanding Teaching awards and has lectured on film, playwriting and conducted highly-acclaimed screenwriting seminars all across America, as well as Canada and Mexico, at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Guthrie Theater, The Commonwealth Club, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, The Brookings Institute for Johns Hopkins University and The New York Historical Society, to name only a few.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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