Once again, fabulous presentation showing the juxtaposition of history and the movies. I came away with a much better appreciation of some movies I know well.
Very interesting lecture on US History and the Cinema. Professor Lapadula showed the cross effects of how historical events changed the Cinema and how the Cinema effected social and cultural changes in America. He selected classic scenes and explained the the motivation of the actor, director or screenwriter and then showed how the American public reacted to that stimulus. Very complete and informative.
Professor Lapadula’s two-part class “Cinematic Moments That Impacted American History” highlighted the influence of American cinema on American society from the early 20th century when talkies, films with audible dialogue, first appeared until the late 1970s. The development of movies was vividly depicted as both a new genre of performing art and a novel social phenomenon, with the background of this tumultuous epoch in U.S. history.
The presentation, accompanied by many famous movie clips, discussed the interactions between the film industry and the dominant social environment. Marc introduced all aspects of the movie-making process at different periods, including script, performance, music, and camera work, emphasizing their distinguishing characteristics in a particular time. Rich in anecdotes and quotations, this lesson's educational value and entertaining effects are beyond appreciated.
This two part course explores key moments of American film history over the course of nearly a century. The course provides a perspective of both the socio-political history surrounding the various films as well as the innovative nature of certain films that transformed the film industry.
Marc is able to make us notice much more than I ever knew about movies we have seen. Putting them in context with the history of the time and seeing them as more than entertainment.