The Jazz Singer: 3-Disc Deluxe Edition (Sous-titres franais) [Import]
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Jazz Singer, The: Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Generally considered the first sound feature, this 1927 film is pretty much silent except for a few lines of dialogue and Al Jolson's songs. The story finds Jolson playing the son of a cantor who wants him to follow in his footsteps, but the singer prefers secular music. Except for its historical value, the film isn't all that interesting, though it is great to get a sense of why people considered Jolson to be a hugely exciting entertainer at the time. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First, it is a great story of the dilemma faced by a son between following a path set by his family and culture, in contrast with pursuing his own career ambitions.
This is a story with great relevance today.
Second, it is the first "talking picture." As a piece of cinema history, it is a missing link between silent and talking pictures.
The Jazz Singer is conceived and photographed as a silent picture, and follows all silent picture conventions, but has several synchronized sound segments - with performances by the great Al Jolson - worked in.
The most memorable to me is the scene with Jolson talking to his mother, with Jolson sitting at the piano.
Third, Al Jolson was the most popular superstar of his day; he is compared in popularity to Michael Jackson, Elvis, and Bing Crosby combined at their peaks. In a world before radio, television, and sound pictures, the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway in NYC was built for Jolson and he filled it for years.
Finally, "The Jazz Singer" is an historical document looking at New York in the 1920's. That world is long long gone. The sets, the costumes, the types of the actors, all reflect a rich and interesting world that no longer exists.
Don't look at "The Jazz Singer" as some historical oddity or museum piece. As a piece of entertainment, culture and history, it is very powerful and riveting.
As far as I am concerned, it is highly recommended.
Also, before you dismiss the movie because of the view that black face was done for racist reasons,listen to the commentary as you watch the film. It is important to take a step back in time when watching old films. Jolson and Cantor for that matter, wore black face, because it was traditional, but really felt they were honoring black entertainers rather than in any way mocking them. Except for the make-up, Jolson, does not in any way imitate or mock black people. It is pointed out that the great black entertainer from this era also wore blackface and did so so he could highlight his face to be seen from the balcony. It is suggested that Jolson's character doesn't feel he is free to appear in his own ethnic guise, and be accepted, so he chooses the more acceptable guise of a black entertainer.
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"Next we get Gold Diggers of Broadway Excerpts. The 15-second and 43-second area offers two segments of this “lost” early talkie. We get “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and “Finale”. Or we’re supposed to see those. If you activate “Tip Toe”, you’ll see “Finale”, and if you select “Finale”, you’ll find a ballet clip from The Rogue Song. Warner Bros. will correct this on future pressings and replace your copy if you get the wrong one."
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my Mum mentioned she wanted to see this 1927 classic so I was fortunate to find it. She loves it. 87 years old and knows the words of the songs like she was there (she was born the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2014 by P. Johnson
The Jazz Singer(released Oct/27)was not the first film with sound,but it had an unprecedented amalgam of elements from films that had come before,making it a first of its kind. Read morePublished on July 14 2012 by Robert Badgley
What lady watching could keep a dry eye at the end when Jack Robin sings Mammy with his own mother proudly watching in the audience? Absolutely moving. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
"The Jazz Singer" will forever be remembered as being the first Hollywood movie to make the transition from the silent era. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by The Movie Critic
I saw the Danny Thomas version of The Jazz Singer when it came out about 50 years ago; forgot the plot. Never got to see Neil Diamond's in full. Then I saw Al Jolson. Read morePublished on July 26 2002
Rather than follow in his father's footsteps, a Jewish cantor's son runs away from home to become a jazz singer; many years later he returns to New York to star in a Broadway show... Read morePublished on May 22 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
The Jazz Singer, generally called the first talkie is still mostly silent, except for a few songs and a rather lengthy, for the time, dialogue sequence. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by lab tech
A cantor's son decides to become a singer of popular songs in speakeasies during the "Roaring Twenties". Read morePublished on May 16 2000
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