Our Nation's Narrative in Film: The American Dream and Beyond

Dates:February 23 - March 23, 2021
Meets:Tu from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, 4 sessions
Hours:8.00
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:Marc Lapadula
Fee: $140.00

Tues., Feb. 23; Mar. 9-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., EST No. class Mar. 2

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Course Description

This ambitious movie presentation reflects the multi-faceted narrative of a diverse nation in all its thrilling, tumultuous and triumphant complexity. By utilizing ten major themes in three categories, talented filmmakers from different eras and unique artistic 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 musical soundtracks from each film will be showcased since film composers so often play a pivotal, and unheralded, role in making a powerful cinematic experience so memorable.

OUR NATION'S NARRATIVE IN FILM: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND BEYOND -
CLASS 1:

1. The American Dream - films:

The Godfather Part 2, West Side Story, The New Centurions

2. Social Justice - films:

Crossfire, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Patch of Blue, Do the Right Thing

3. On the Road - films:
Easy Rider, Thelma & Louise, Rain Man

CLASS 2:

4. Coming of Age - films:

The Graduate, Lady Bird

5. War - films:

Saving Private Ryan

6. Home from War - films:

The Best Years of Our Lives, The Hurt Locker

CLASS 3:

7. The Workplace - films:

Stripes, Norma Rae, Working Girl

8. The Outlaw - films:

The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Godfather: Part 1 & Part 2

9. Redemption - film:

The Last Picture Show

10. The Underdog - films:

Hoosiers, Rocky

CLASS 4:

SIX ESSENTIAL FILMS WITH TRULY DYNAMIC WRITING

You don't need to be an aspiring screenwriter to notice and appreciate extremely well-written screenplays. There are many indelible films whose narrative construction, character development and kinetic dialogue make them especially memorable because it all began solely on the page. Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula will show and discuss clips from six films to illustrate how an inspired script spawns a truly great film.

Films: Sullivan's Travels, Gentleman's Agreement, Heaven Can Wait, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, The Devil Wears Prada