What you will learn:

Great film directors all have one thing in common — lofty artistic ambitions. They take on the toughest issues and most provocative stories of their day hoping to eloquently bring them to life on screen in a timeless manner. Clever directors like these individuals disguise their ture artistic intentions behind the mask of easy-to-recognize movie genres, burying profound themes beneath a story’s glossy surface. This sort of “subtext” and the prospect of unraveling a hidden, encoded message in a film is what drives some movie lovers (and Yale film professors) to attempt to decipher what that director is really trying to say.

The films selected for this presentation include some of the most memorable moments and performances ever captured on screen. Film clips may include: CASABLANCA; CITIZEN KANE; THE GODFATHER; REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE; DOCTOR STRANGELOVE; PSYCHO; ON THE WATERFRONT; THE LAST PICTURE SHOW; THE KING OF COMEDY; CHINATOWN; NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and others.

About the instructor:


Marc Lapadula, playwright and screenwriter, is an award-winning film producer and university lecturer. As a 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, Water Hole, and In Uniform Thanksgiving, have been produced in New York (off-Broadway), England, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Iowa. He produced Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn and Teresa Wright, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won, among several 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.

In addition to Yale University, Marc taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis courses at Johns Hopkins and The University of Pennsylvania (where he created and ran both Universities’ screenwriting programs) as well as Columbia University's Graduate Film School. He has given many classic films lectures at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC as well as at other venues all around America as well as in Mexico, Canada and England. He has also been a consultant for film producers and studios, including New Line Films. He has been an expert script analyst in major Hollywood lawsuits.

Marc 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 Theatre Arts/ Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.
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