The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

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Duration 00:53:06

Yale University

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer in the Film Studies Program at Yale University. He is a playwright, screenwriter and an award-winning film producer. In addition to Yale, Marc has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, created the screenwriting programs at both The University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins–where he won Outstanding Teaching awards–and has lectured on British and American Theatre and playwriting. Lapadula has given highly acclaimed classic film lectures on a wide range of cinema topics across the country at notable venues, such as: The National Press Club, The Smithsonian Institution, The Commonwealth Club, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The New York Historical Society.


For many scholars and movie critics, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of world cinema. With a career that spanned six decades, he was anointed the Master of Suspense with a slew of films that brought audiences to the edge of their seats. Beneath the often shocking surface images lurked a mesmerizing and richly-layered psycho-sexual subtext that involved the intertwining of cryptic layers, revealing a far more sophisticated artistic ambition than he’s been given credit for— Marc exhumes and unravels Hitchcock’s intent to shed the proper light on what this grandmaster of cinema was so eloquently expressing in his films. In this lecture, Marc looks at the man and his films, bringing understanding to his place on the coveted list of towering film talents. Lecture includes clips from: The 39 Steps, Notorious, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds.



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