Investigations into Classic Cinema: The Five Greatest Films In American History with Marc Lapadula

Investigations into Classic Cinema: The Five Greatest Films In American History with Marc Lapadula


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Join film and media professor Marc Lapadula for an in-depth look at American cinema and learn what makes a great film a masterpiece.

This program looks at five outstanding films that not only defined the provocative eras in which they were made but successfully transcended them. Even today, they continue to cast a giant, awe-inspiring shadow of influence over every artistic aspect of filmmaking. These films stand out as masterpieces for multiple reasons, and Marc pulls back the curtain to expose the fascinating aspects of each one, revealing why all other films continue to be measured against them. The films: Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Some Like It Hot, The Godfather, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Led by professor of film studies, screenwriter, and producer Marc Lapadula, this interactive seminar will discuss five classic films by American directors. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how to watch films critically and why these films are regarded as masterpieces of cinema.

This conversation is part of a five-part series on film with Marc Lapadula. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Beth Ann from Michigan (Tulsa, US)
No Rotten Tomatoes Here!

Marc Lapadula takes on a tour of these great movies with clips of all the great scenes combined with a great discussion and interpretation. He encourages all of the participants in the conversation to participate which was really interesting as well. I really enjoyed this lecture and plan to see what else Marc has on offer. I will never look at these movies there same way again and I look forward to rediscovering them now with this fascinating discussion in the back of my mind. On the Rotten Tomatoes Scale, this is a 100% Healthy Red Tomatoe!

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Action Packed!

You will be amazed at what you missed when you re-watch these Five Greatest Films. Marc's clips are great and his analysis is eye-opening. Don't miss these action packed seminars.

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Katherine (Frederick, US)
Great insightful seminar

This was a very thoughtful exploration into several (more than five) great classic films, with deeper meanings than usually talked about. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

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karen (Vancouver, US)
Go beyond just viewing movies

lucid analysis of Citizen Kane regarding plot, camera angles, and position as the best cinema ever created.

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
93%
(13)
7%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
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Reviewer avatar
Beth Ann from Michigan (Tulsa, US)
No Rotten Tomatoes Here!

Marc Lapadula takes on a tour of these great movies with clips of all the great scenes combined with a great discussion and interpretation. He encourages all of the participants in the conversation to participate which was really interesting as well. I really enjoyed this lecture and plan to see what else Marc has on offer. I will never look at these movies there same way again and I look forward to rediscovering them now with this fascinating discussion in the back of my mind. On the Rotten Tomatoes Scale, this is a 100% Healthy Red Tomatoe!

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Anonymous (Orinda, US)

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Action Packed!

You will be amazed at what you missed when you re-watch these Five Greatest Films. Marc's clips are great and his analysis is eye-opening. Don't miss these action packed seminars.

K
Katherine (Frederick, US)
Great insightful seminar

This was a very thoughtful exploration into several (more than five) great classic films, with deeper meanings than usually talked about. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

k
karen (Vancouver, US)
Go beyond just viewing movies

lucid analysis of Citizen Kane regarding plot, camera angles, and position as the best cinema ever created.