The Jazz Singer (1927)
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This is a very poorly made film. I also think it's responsible for causing the shift to sound before the technology was really ready, certainly most early talkies are quite clumsy, especially compared to the cinematically rich silents. In any case, the hybrid sound/silent thing here was arbitrary and the casual use of black face isn't doing this any favors.
I think I'm 85 years too late to appreciate this film. Then again, maybe it was dull in the first place.
Really interesting 1/2 silent, 1/2 talkie film. More an educational experience than an entertaining movie.
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This movie ranks #35 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #45 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
This movie ranks #71 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #185 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #423 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #581 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown