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Five Films That Changed America

Marc Lapadula – Yale University

While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound influence on our culture. Whether intentionally or not, some movies have brought social issues to light, changed laws, forwarded ideologies both good and bad, and altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society. Renowned Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula will discuss several films that, for better or worse, made their mark.

 

The Jazz Singer
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
Easy Rider
T
he Graduate
Jaws