By the middle of the 20th century, Hollywood became the centre of filmmaking in the world. Its aspiration to shape public attitudes and to promote values appeared very soon thanks to the activism of producers. But where did the story of the “Dream Factory” begin? How did early productions reflect on world politics, and were they deliberately used by U.S. politicians? Which movies can be deemed milestones in the “politicisation” of Hollywood? When could it break out of the strict regulatory framework? How do wokeism and cancel culture capture Hollywood and appear on screen? In the latest MCC podcast episode, Szabolcs Janik seeks answers to such and similar exciting questions from Stephen Sholl, member of the Centre for Architecture at Mathias Corvinus Collegium.