American Narratives from The Big Screen: Notorious Outlaws with Marc Lapadula

American Narratives from The Big Screen: Notorious Outlaws with Marc Lapadula


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Join Yale University film professor Marc Lapadula for a series of seminars that will dive into the narrative of our nation as depicted on screen. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the American experience. Join one session or join the full ten-week series to understand American through the eyes of its greatest directors, writers, and actors on screen.

This ambitious movie presentation reflects the multi-faceted narrative of a diverse nation in all its thrilling, tumultuous, and triumphant complexity. By utilizing ten major themes in a wide range of categories and genres, talented filmmakers from different eras and unique artistic sensibilities form a genuine composite sketch of American Life— framing in sharp relief where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we, as a people and a country, might be heading in the future. The musical soundtracks from each film will be showcased since film composers so often play a pivotal, and too often unheralded, role in making a powerful cinematic experience so memorable.

This week, we will explore the archetype of The American Outlaw and will discuss the following films:

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales
  • They Live By Night
  • Take The Money And Run
  • Straight Time
  • No Country For Old Men
  • Badlands
  • Bonnie and Clyde

Led by film analyst, Marc Lapadula, this interactive seminar will explore the films selected from a series of angles from artistic, to social impact, to historical perspective. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the contributions that American Filmmakers have given to the world.

This conversation is part of an eight-part series on American film with Marc Lapadula. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of an eight-week 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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