This is a semester elective. This course explores the relationship between history and filmmaking while teaching students to scrutinize and dissect the popular genre of historically based film. Students will focus on searching for the historical value of these films rather than the question of accuracy. By comparing popular film with the ideas and themes taught in our history classes students will determine the effectiveness of film as a historical source. The course will also help students develop film literacy and help them to recognize themes, patterns, and other filmmaking techniques that help to make the genre of historically based film one of the highest grossing genres in Hollywood.