WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE
cordially invites you to a Happy Hour and Lecture with Clips by
Professor Marc Lapadula:
THE GENIUS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK:
“Psycho” and “Rear Window”
THURSDAY 28 MAY 2015 @ 7:00PM
600 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 735-5895 MAP
Over a career spanning more than half a century, Alfred Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person’s gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. Many of Hitchcock’s films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or “MacGuffins” meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the psychological examinations of the characters.
Hitchcock’s films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades, and did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him.
7:00PM Happy Hour / Mixer
8:00PM Lecture (with Clips) Begins
9:00PM Stay for Drinks and/or Dinner if you like
SPACE IS LIMITED: ADVANCED TICKET REQUIRED ($12)
teaches screenwriting at Yale University’s Film Studies Program. He has also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at The Smithsonian Institution and many other venues. Former students have written: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE HANGOVER, THE BREAK UP, BRIDE WARS as well as several other highly successful and critically-acclaimed films. They have also scripted award-winning teleplays for TV: FAMILY GUY, LAW AND ORDER, SVU, SCRUBS, THE AGENCY and other shows. Marc produced the short film, ANGEL PASSING, starring Hume Cronyn, which was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award at WORLDFEST, the Houston International Film Festival. Most recently Marc co-produced the film, MENTOR, starring Rutger Hauer (Actor from the movie BLADE RUNNER). Marc has been an expert analyst in major lawsuits and has been a screenplay analyst to several studios and film production companies.