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.
Perhaps it's fascinating as a historical document, but as a movie it's plain awful. The silent/talkie combo is aggravating. The plot is not very interesting. I can understand that people at the time saw this as a gizmo.
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This movie ranks #35 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #45 in 100 Musicals (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #71 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #185 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #434 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #581 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown