Outstanding Actors in Film: A Four Part Course with Marc Lapadula
Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.
Your favorite stars of Hollywood have achieved their fame and fortune through the virtues of their hard work and extraordinary talents. In selecting one role to highlight their thespian talents, the threat of a supreme disservice is perpetrated against other equally noteworthy movies in an actor’s cinematic canon. This is the daunting task that faces us here, but it is a challenge that will be taken on nonetheless. Together we will study the most mesmerizing performances ever committed to film.
During this four-week course, we will examine the show-stopping performances of several of the entertainment industry's leading actors..
These performances could not have been as indelible had they not been complemented by a truly talented supporting cast. The classic and contemporary movies we will examine will showcase the talents of actors such as Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Lawrence, Joe Pesci, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Laurie Metcalf, Saoirse Ronan and many other fine thespians of great cinema.
During each week of this course, our discussions will showcase the talents of actors such as:
Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Steiger, James Dean, Natalie Wood, George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Mitchum, Cloris Leachman, Robert Shaw, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Sally Field, Kelly McGillis, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Sissy Spacek, Martin Sheen, Anthony Hopkins, Rutger Hauer, Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Shelley Duvall, Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Lawrence, Joe Pesci, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Laurie Metcalf, Saoirse Ronan and many other fine thespians of great cinema.
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.
How does it work? This is a four-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
Is there a reading list in advance? Though the course is open to participants with no background on the topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this at the course's conclusion.
How long are the lectures? Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course? The course is $140 for four lectures.
Is a recording available? Yes, a recording will be emailed within 24 hours of the conclusion of each session. It will be available to re-watch for 15 days thereafter.