Investigations into Classic Cinema: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema with Marc Lapadula

Investigations into Classic Cinema: The Jewish Experience in American Cinema with Marc Lapadula


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Join film and media professor Marc Lapadula for an in-depth look at how the Jewish-American experience is portrayed on film.

Produced shortly after World War II, and extremely controversial for their time, films like Crossfire and Gentleman’s Agreement startled audiences by provocatively portraying the plight of Jewish individuals dealing with the challenges of assimilating into mainstream American life. Tackling social issues like anti-Semitism, accomplished film directors embedded poignant themes of the Jewish American experience into movies that general audiences enthusiastically embraced. Issues of integration, discrimination, social justice, the plight of the underdog, and the uniquely hilarious articulation of Jewish humor are explored as Marc reveals and reviews a number of dramatic as well as comic clips from films like The Jazz Singer, Crossfire, The Young Lions, Gentleman’s Agreement, Chinatown, The Pianist, Julia, The Verdict, The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Graduate and The Birdcage.

Led by professor of film studies, screenwriter, and producer Marc Lapadula, this interactive seminar will explore how the Jewish experience is represented in film. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how to watch films critically and understand how social issues are portrayed in 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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Great Insights into Jewish Cinema

Another great seminar from Marc. Filled with clips and wonderful anecdotes about an experience I know nothing about. The comparisons to what is happening today were eye opening and humbling.

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Marc challenges us to be creative viewers. His seminars are insightful and astute. Don't miss these lectures!

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So knowledgeable!

The lecture was very interesting and Marc’s knowledge is impressive. The one thing that would make the talk better is if we had more time.

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Great Insights into Jewish Cinema

Another great seminar from Marc. Filled with clips and wonderful anecdotes about an experience I know nothing about. The comparisons to what is happening today were eye opening and humbling.

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S.G.
Superb

Marc challenges us to be creative viewers. His seminars are insightful and astute. Don't miss these lectures!

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B.
Superb Conversation

Excellent in every way!

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B.E.
So knowledgeable!

The lecture was very interesting and Marc’s knowledge is impressive. The one thing that would make the talk better is if we had more time.