The Jazz Singer – *

Posted: May 12, 2014 in 1927, Black & White, Dramedy, Musical, Silent Movie, USA, X

Bought myself a dvd box for the 90th Anniversary of Warner Brothers. The first of the collection is the movie that changed cinema forever: the first talkie. 

It’s the kind of movie classic that everyone knows about, but hardly anyone has seen. And with reason. It’s a bore. It must have been a huge hit back in 1927 just because of its innovation: there’s a dialogue halfway through the movie! And the guy you look at sings! However, the rest of the movie is still silent.

It’s about a  jewish kid who’s destined to be a cantor in the local synagogue just like his father and 4 generations before him. But he prefers to sing jazz tunes in a bar nearby. He’s expelled from his parental house and ten years later he is the star of a broadway show and is confronted with his parents again.

Sounds like it could be a great movie, but it’s not. The songs aren’t really captivating, the acting doesn’t feel real, the story boards are a real pain and the story is annoying.

But at least I’ve seen it now.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018037

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