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Marc Lapadula - Films That Changed America

Program Date: October 31, 2018

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Yale Professor Marc Lapadula presents his acclaimed lecture on the impact that films have on American society. He will present works of American cinema which have left behind an indelible impact on our nation.

Lapadula’s favorite films include I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang, The Graduate, Easy Rider, The China Syndrome, and Steven Spielberg's Jaws. These films, in his estimation, have had a strong impact on American cinema and culture, while cutting at the heart of meaningful social issues and iniquities in American society. “Once upon a time films were the most effective way to reach the public,” Lapadula said. “I think there was once a time where films had a more powerful, profound impact on the culture of the people of this country, but that’s just because there wasn’t anything competing with it. Film, however, is still the dominant art form of this digital age.”

Lapadula has taught introductory, intermediate and advanced seminars on screenwriting at Yale since 1992. Before Yale, he taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and the Graduate Film School at Columbia University. He has also taught public speaking to New York City Police Officers, Fire Personnel and Correctional Officials at The John Jay College of Criminal Justice.