Popular culture, as expressed in music, journalism, or film, offers valuable insights into the political character of a nation. As a business, popular entertainment is marketed to a wide audience. As such, it must appeal to, embody and reflect, the tastes, preference, and political sensibilities of its audience. This is why we can learn a great deal about the political ideas of a particular time and place by carefully analyzing the various forms of popular entertainment. This course focuses on one of the most important forms of modern entertainment-film. Not only do popular films reflect prevailing political feelings, it simultaneously reinforces and shapes them. Whether this politicization of film is done deliberately or by accident, film ultimately projects American's fear, anxieties, political preferences, hopes, dreams, and ambitions.