UPDATED: Callahan Center Discussing Films That Changed America on March 24

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FRAMINGHAM – The Callahan Center is hosting a series on “films that changed America.”

The presenter for the Thursday, March 24 virtual lecture will be Marc Lapadula, Playwright, Screenwriter, and senior lecturer at Yale University.

A peculiar minority of films have had a profound impact on our culture. In this lecture, attendees will explores movies that-whether intentionally or not-have brought light to social issues.

These powerful stories have resulted in changed laws, forwarded ideologies-both good and bad, and often altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society. Among the movies to be discussed: : 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 and Philadelphia.

Lecture is from 2 to 3:30 p.m on March 24.

Pre-register by March 23.

In this lecture, Lapadula explores movies that—whether intentionally or not— have brought light to social issues. These powerful stories have resulted in changed laws, forwarded ideologies—both good and bad, and often altered the course of American history through their resounding impact on society.

Jaws synopsis – “When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community off Long Island, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.”

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.

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