Four Films That Changed America: The Jazz Singer, Rebel Without a Cause, The Graduate, and Easy Rider

Marc Lapadula – Yale University

Movies That Changed Public Opinion

While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound influence on our culture and changed society. 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 four films that, for better or worse, made their mark.

Movies That Changed Society

  • The Jazz Singer
  • I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • The Graduate
  • Easy Rider

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