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Marc Lapadula

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Recognized authority on the history of film

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Marc Lapadula

Recognized authority on the history of film

Marc Lapadula, playwright and screenwriter, is an award-winning film producer and university lecturer. As Senior Lecturer at Yale University in The Film Studies Program, he has taught screenwriting seminars since 1992.

His stage plays, including StripHer, Not by Name, Two Shakes, Men Like Us, Last Order, The Rains Change, Serial Killer, and In Uniform Thanksgiving, have been produced in New York (off-Broadway), England, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Iowa.

Marc also has had several screenplays commissioned or optioned, including Distant Influence, Night Bloom, At Risk and screen adaptations of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog and Migueal de Unamuno’s Saint Emmanuel the Good, Martyr.

He produced Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won, among other awards, the grand prize at WorldFest Houston. He also co-produced the film Mentor, starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) that premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival.

Former students have written highly successful and/or critically-acclaimed scripts for films such as (500) Days of Summer, The Hangover, 30 Minutes Or Less, Olympus Has Fallen, The Break Up, The Spectacular Now, Anamorph, Expendables 3, The Wedding Ringer, The Fault in Our Stars, The Sisterhood of Night, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Bride Wars. Marc’s students have also scripted award-winning teleplays for television: Family Guy, Law and Order- SVU, Scrubs, The Agency, Hannibal, Believe, The Last Resort, Benched and other shows.

In addition to Yale University, Marc taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania (where he created and ran both Universities’ screenwriting programs), and Columbia University Graduate Film School, and he led the Screenwriting Series at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been a consultant for film producers and studios, including New Line Films Studio and has been an expert script analyst in major Hollywood lawsuits.

He graduated cum laude with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, studied Irish and English Drama at Oxford University, received his M.A. from Malcolm Bradbury’s Creative Writing Workshop at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and earned an MFA in playwriting from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

MARC LAPADULA FILM HISTORY PROGRAMS: 

Films that Changed America

While most works of cinema are produced for mass-entertainment and escapism, a peculiar minority have had a profound impact 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:

THE JAZZ SINGER
I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG
THE GRADUATE
THE WILD BUNCH
EASY RIDER
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
THE EXORCIST
JAWS
THE CHINA SYNDROME
ANNIE HALL
PHILADELPHIA

 

The 5 Greatest Films In American Film History

This program looks at several truly outstanding films that not only defined the provocative eras in which they were made but successfully transcended them. Today they still cast a giant, awe-inspiring shadow of influence over every artistic aspect of the film industry. Any director who has ever been privileged enough to stand behind a camera owes these films an immense debt that can never be fully repaid. The works listed below are the movies that all others, on multiple levels, are measured against.

CITIZEN KANE
PSYCHO
CHINATOWN
GODFATHER I & II
2001:  A SPACE ODYSSEY

   

The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

For many scholars and movie critics, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be regarded as one of the most influential and significant filmmakers in the history of world cinema. Cultivating a career that spanned six decades, he found himself anointed the undisputed “Master of Suspense” with a slew of films that quite literally glued audience members to the edge of their seats. But beneath the shocking surface images lurked a mesmerizing and richly-layered psycho-sexual subtext that involved the sophisticated intertwining of several cryptic layers revealing a much more sophisticated artistic ambition than he’s been given credit for— an ambition that one must attempt to exhume and unravel in order to shed the proper light on what this grand master of the cinema was so eloquently and powerfully expressing in all his films. By no small miracle, Hitchcock managed to make highly personal movies within a studio system. These films forever challenged and subverted audience expectations by inviting them to crave situations they would later be made to feel guilty to have witnessed. This lecture will look at the man and his films as we try to ascertain his actual place on the coveted list of genuinely towering film talents. Various clips from THE 39 STEPS, NOTORIOUS, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, REAR WINDOW, PSYCHO, THE BIRDS and others will be screened.

 

The Reel World: 5 True Stories of World War II

Seventy years on, the global cataclysm known as World War II, as well as its withering aftermath, continues to capture the attention and imaginations of filmmakers around the world. From classical directors like Alfred Hitchcock (Saboteur) to more modern, technically stunning visual stylists such as Steven Spielberg, this devastating conflict between nations still inspires captivating stories on the Big Screen, exploring the “how” and “why” of such an unfathomable event. We will view clips of several films that portray historical figures and real-life incidents that profoundly impacted and devastated lives, including The Pianist (Polanski); Patton (Schaffner); Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg); Julia (Zinnemann); The Bridge at Remagen (Guillermin).

Great Comic Moments in the Movies

Viewing hilarious clips from nearly every decade of the Sound Era, we will quickly discover that film humor can elicit laughs from audiences regardless of their age or cultural background. From highbrow “Masterworks of Cinema” to some lower moments of excruciating comedy, we will explore the unadulterated (and oftentimes adulterated) humor generated from the idiosyncratic minds of uproarious filmmakers like Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Harold Ramis and others.

Outlaws in Film

Some may well assert that America was founded by a “bunch of outlaws.” In fact, the notion of the outlaw roaming across vast stretches of the American countryside with the authorities in hot pursuit has captivated our country’s collective imagination since its very founding. What is it about these social deviants that we find so compelling? Is it their belligerent refusal to willingly submit to the oppressive mores of our society? Is it their frivolous, “casting caution to the wind” freedom? Often that freedom seems even more tantalizingly attractive because it is so short-lived. Whether as hardened individuals, infatuated couples or daring gangs, their doomed, ephemeral blazes of glory have been captured on the silver screen by some of our most ambitious and unflinching directors. This lecture strives to redefine the outlaw by offering a vast composite of various desperate, highly destructive and self-destructive individuals all qualifying to be labeled as those who have recklessly chosen to live and die outside the law.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
CAPE FEAR
BADLANDS
BLADE RUNNER
OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
THE WILD BUNCH
BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA
DOWN BY LAW
STRAIGHT TIME
BONNIE AND CLYDE   

 

Five Fabulous Films From the Fifties

In addition to the significant distraction and allure of Television in the 1950s, the intrusion of the House Un-American Activities Committee and its concomitant blacklist decimated the ranks of talented actors, producers, screenwriters and directors and threatened to drain Hollywood’s once seemingly depthless talent pool. With this in mind, how did the decade of the 1950s still manage to produce some of the most outstanding and controversial cinematic achievements in the history of film? The web of limitations imposed forced filmmakers to become much more sophisticated in the articulation and dissemination of their jaundiced view of society, compelling them to disguise their true artistic intentions behind a mask of commercial thrills. All these films smuggled something astonishingly daring into the rich fabric of their sub-textually complex narratives.

The Genius of Stanley Kubrick.

Perhaps the greatest filmmaker of his or any era, Stanley Kubrick has been awarded this honor based on only a dozen films in a career that spanned five decades. What is it about the peculiar, nightmarish worlds he created that audiences and critics to this day continue to find so controversial and compelling? Kubrick once remarked: “It if can be written or thought, it can be filmed.” His ambitious masterpiece, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, revolutionized the way contemporary filmmakers would ever again “think” about their medium by superannuating past technical advances and inspiring a new generation of cinema artists to facilitate even bolder innovation via his visionary lead. But Stanley Kubrick’s indelible cinematic contributions are much more than those of a supremely sophisticated visual/ technical stylist. Rich in powerful subtext, his films, no matter what their genre, force viewers to confront many startling and under-examined aspects of the deeply-flawed society we all tenuously inhabit. This lecture is for all “creative viewers” who, through trenchant analysis, wish to more fully decipher and unravel the cryptic and highly-rewarding cinematic universe of Stanley Kubrick. Excerpts from his greatest films will be screened and discussed. They will include: PATHS OF GLORY, LOLITA, DOCTOR STRANGELOVE, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, BARRY LYNDON, THE SHINING and FULL METAL JACKET.

The Greatest Romantic Moments in Movies

Great moments in cinema etch themselves indelibly in our collective memories, enriching our lives through an intimate invitation to examine our deepest and most heartfelt sentiments and feelings. Love is the most powerful emotion ever to be expressed on the silver screen. Whether consciously or unconsciously, filmgoers desire to have their own lives mirror the passionate encounters of the movie characters they idolize. The cinema has the unique power to usher audiences into a magical realm where “true romance” blooms in unforgettable moments, influenced by the cultural fashion and political climate of the era in which such moments are depicted. Clips from outstanding movies like Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, Sullivan’s Travels, On The Waterfront, From Here To Eternity, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Harold And Maude, Blade Runner, The Remains Of The Day, The Princess Bride and Punch-Drunk Love will be screened to illustrate timeless expressions of love and desire in all its mesmerizing and multi-dimensional facets. Excerpts from lyric love poems will be interwoven and recited throughout the presentation

 

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