Justice in Film - Legal Dramas: A Two Part Course with Marc Lapadula

Justice in Film - Legal Dramas: A Two Part Course with Marc Lapadula


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Hollywood loves lawyers. And Hollywood loves judges, jurors, surprise witnesses, smoking guns, and falsely accused heroes, as well. Perhaps one of the reasons courtroom dramas are so reliable is that they follow a time-honored protocol. 

Whether they’re plaintiffs or defendants, we’re on the side of a plucky upstart who needs the help of a determined legal hand to fight injustice. Usually, it’s not just the characters being put on trial, either. It’s the establishment, the system, the country, the past, and the future. No wonder there are so many memorable courtroom dramas. 

Yale film professor Marc Lapadula will be discussing and analyzing a broad lineup of the best and most compelling movies released within the Legal Drama genre. 

Lecture One: Screenings will include films such as:
  • Judgment At Nuremberg
  • Witness For The Prosecution
  • Inherit the Wind
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Justice For All

Lecture Two: Screenings will include films such as:
  • The Verdict
  • The Accused
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Philadelphia
  • Erin Brockovich
  • The Caine Mutiny
  • A Few Good Men

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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