The Jazz Singer (1927)
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On the verge of receivership in 1926, Warner Bros. studio decides to risk its future by investing in the Vitaphone sound system. Warners' first Vitaphone release, Don Juan, was a silent film accompanied by music and sound effects. The studio took the Vitaphone process one step farther in its 1927 adaptation of the Samson Raphaelson Broadway hit The Jazz Singer, incorporating vocal musical numbers in what was essentially a non-talking film. Al Jolson stars as Jakie Rabinowitz, the son of Jewish
Oct 6, 1927 Wide
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In cities where the Vitaphone can be installed and reproduce his voice this picture will eminently repay attendance.
The Vitaphoned songs and some dialogue have been introduced most adroitly.
The Jazz Singer is not a good picture artistically, but it's historically significant and Al Johnson is truly entertaining
The Jazz Singer is a shallow attempt by a powerful group of straying Jews to clear their consciences.
By today's standards, The Jazz Singer is mawkish, crudely filmed, and full of schmaltz. Yet it remains fascinating in its historical value, not only for its technical innovation.
An overrated cinematic turd, and an embarrassment to Jazz.
There's one thing that neither Neil Diamond nor Danny Thomas nor even Jerry Lewis had in their versions: the unrivaled showmanship and charisma of Al Jolson.
...there's no taking away from the movie's heart and Jolson's singing. The Jazz Singer remains a classic of its kind.
Three quarters of a century later, viewing 'The Jazz Singer' is perhaps a historical curiosity to many. It is an insult to overly sensitive others.
A landmark: the first sound film in which dialogue and song caught the public's imagination, even though sound had long existed and much of this film is silent.
Utterly unremarkable; its milestone status is more historical fluke than genuine artistry.
Sincere and important, if a little self-aware, look at being Jewish in a way other movies of the time weren't touching.
Audience Reviews for The Jazz Singer
- Jakie Rabinowitz (Jack Robin): Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothing yet!
- Jakie Rabinowitz (Jack Robin): Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't haerd nothin' yet!
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