America's Five Greatest Films

Marc Lapadula – Yale University

It’s quite a daunting task to pick the 5 greatest American movies. In fact, it’s difficult to even know what criteria to start with. How important is critical recognition vs popularity over time? How does one factor in historical significance, cultural impact, groundbreaking new techniques, major awards won, etc.?

Yale film professor Marc Lapadula will do his best to explain his choices – showing various clips of each chosen film. He’ll outline his thinking about what to consider, and he’ll reveal and discuss his choices in this fascinating class!