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The Story of America in 12 Films (Richmond)

January 18, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Story of America in 12 Films

Marc Lapadula / Yale University

The Story of America is a multi-layered narrative, weaving together the fabric of a diverse nation. This presentation will use the power of the cinema to examine  six complex themes that reflect the American Narrative. By screening remarkable and notable film clips from each of the categories outlined below , we will see how talented filmmakers have given us a composite sketch that outlines where we've been, where we are now, and perhaps where our nation might be heading in the future.

1. The American Dream - films: The Godfather & Godfather 2

2. Coming of Age - films: The Graduate & Lady Bird

3. Social Justice - films: To Kill A Mockingbird & Norma Rae

4. War - films: - Saving Private Ryan & The Best Years Of Our Lives

5. On the Road - films: - Easy Rider & Thelma And Louise

6. The Underdog - films: - Hoosiers & Rocky

Marc Lapadula / Yale University
Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an 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 the country at notable venues like The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Commonwealth Club and The New York Historical Society.

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