Investigations into Classic Cinema: What Makes Great Movie Moments So Memorable with Marc Lapadula

Investigations into Classic Cinema: What Makes Great Movie Moments So Memorable with Marc Lapadula


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Join film and media professor Marc Lapadula for an in-depth look at American cinema. We’ll look below the surface for the themes and subtexts that make some films unforgettable.

Great film directors all have one thing in common — lofty artistic ambitions. They choose to take on the toughest issues and most provocative themes of their day, hoping to bring them to life on screen eloquently. Every inch of the frame offers an opportunity to leave audiences spellbound by their handiwork. The most challenging directors disguise their bold artistic intentions behind the mask of easily accessible genre forms, frequently burying something quite profound beneath a story’s glossy surface. This sort of “subtext” and the prospect of unraveling a hidden, encoded message in a film is what drives some movie lovers to attempt to decipher what is really going on beneath the surface. The works selected for this presentation accomplish their missions by eliciting some of the most memorable (and timeless) moments and performances ever captured on film: Sullivan’s Travels, Touch of Evil, On The Waterfront, The Birdcage, Chinatown, Blow-Up, Blade Runner, and Birdman among others.

Led by professor of film studies, screenwriter, and producer Marc Lapadula, this interactive seminar will explore the qualities that make a film “great.” Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how to watch films critically and see the artistic intention behind the acting and the story.

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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Fantastic Seminar

You will look at movies much differently when you take classes from Marc Lapadula. The classes are action-packed filled with fascinating material. Don't miss this opportunity !

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Excellent Seminar of the Movies

What a great course. As a fan of cinema, I didn't think there was much left for me to learn. I was wrong. I was completely captivated for ninety minutes and now I have a list of wonderful movies I can watch. Thanks, Marc. Looking forward to the next one.

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Great conversation

Really enjoyed this conversation and learned a lot. Already watched a film discussed today, and enjoyed it much more with insights from Marc. Looking forward to the next four conversations and definitely recommend!

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Super interesting. Great lecture. Learned a lot

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S.G.
Fantastic Seminar

You will look at movies much differently when you take classes from Marc Lapadula. The classes are action-packed filled with fascinating material. Don't miss this opportunity !

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C.B.
Excellent Seminar of the Movies

What a great course. As a fan of cinema, I didn't think there was much left for me to learn. I was wrong. I was completely captivated for ninety minutes and now I have a list of wonderful movies I can watch. Thanks, Marc. Looking forward to the next one.

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S.G.
Great conversation

Really enjoyed this conversation and learned a lot. Already watched a film discussed today, and enjoyed it much more with insights from Marc. Looking forward to the next four conversations and definitely recommend!

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Super interesting. Great lecture. Learned a lot