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Four of the Most Hallowed Movies of All Time — and the Magic That Made Them

In this One Day University lecture, Yale University professor Marc Lapadula will have you appreciating ‘Citizen Kane’ and other classic American films like never before

You’ve probably watched Citizen Kane, Psycho, The Godfather  and The Godfather: Part II, and 2001: A Space Odyssey — but not like this. In this One Day University talk, “Four Fantastic Films and How They Were Made,” Marc Lapadula, a Yale University senior lecturer in the film studies program, shares incredible insight as to why these American films are highly ambitious and thought-provoking.  

“Film professors see things that regular moviegoers just don’t,” says One Day University founder Steven Schragis. “You might think a period detail or quick-cut scene is unimportant, but Yale’s Lapadula explains why it’s astonishing. He walks us through four of the most hallowed movies of all time and helps us appreciate them like never before. What’s the magic? What makes them masterpieces? Once Lapadula, who’s also a screenwriter and award-winning film producer, shows you how Orson Welles changes the backgrounds as Charles Foster Kane becomes more powerful, you’ll never watch Citizen Kane the same way. Even the tables get more opulent.”  

This video will be available through March 15, 2021.

Mark Your Calendars


Through May, AARP is offering one dynamic lecture from One Day University per month. Videos will be linked below as they become available and will also be accessible from the Members Only Access home page. Here’s the full schedule:


“The Science of Happiness” (running Feb. 12 through April 12)

What role do money, IQ, marriage, friends, children, weather and religion play in making us feel happier? Is happiness stable over time? How can happiness be increased? In Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness, professor Catherine Sanderson from Amherst College will describe cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, as well as provide practical (and relatively easy!) ways to increase your own psychological well-being.


“Four Musicals That Changed Broadway” (running March 12 through May 12)

Broadway combines the thrill of live music with the compelling storytelling and drama of watching a movie or TV show. And when done with incredible care and sensitivity, the combination of the two can lead to something transformative. In this talk, Sean Hartley, director at the Kaufman Music Center’s Theater Wing in New York City, dives into the history of American musicals and how several changed both society and the American musical theater scene.


“The Amazing/Terrifying Future of Medicine” (running April 9 through June 9)

The future of medicine is both amazing and terrifying. Now, more than ever, individual scientists and clinicians have the power to alter radically the ways in which we live that were never before possible. In this talk, bioethicist Jacob Appel, who has taught at Brown University, explores some of the most exciting recent developments in medicine that promise to help us live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives — ranging from novel reproductive technologies and cutting-edge immunotherapies to the harvesting of “big data” and the implementation of new systems of information exchange.


“The Genius of Beethoven’s Symphonies” (running May 14 through July 14)

Beethoven’s symphonies  represent compositions for public performance from all periods of Beethoven’s life. Listen as Harvard University’s Thomas Kelly shares what Beethoven had in mind while composing his nine great symphonies.


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