The Story of America in Film

Marc Lapadula – Yale University

This ambitious movie presentation reflects the multi-faceted narrative of a diverse nation in all its thrilling, tumultuous, tragic and triumphant complexity. By utilizing four major themes in the categories listed below, talented filmmakers from different eras and unique artistic backgrounds and sensibilities form a genuine composite sketch of American Life — framing in sharp relief where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we, as a people and a country, might be heading in the future. The music soundtracks from each film will be showcased since film composers so often play a pivotal role in making a powerful cinematic experience so memorable.

Themes and films to be discussed include;

  1. The American Dream – The Godfather Part 2, West Side Story
  2. Coming of Age – Lady Bird
  3. Social Justice – Crossfire, Do The Right Thing, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Patch of Blue
  4. The Workplace – Working Girl