Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland
Genre: Drama, Musical
“You taught me that music is the voice of God! It is as honourable to sing in the theatre as in the synagogue!”
This may be one of the most important movies of all time because it brought to the screen something unimaginable for that time… sound. It won an honorary award at the 1st Oscar edition for that achievement. I understand why they chose to make an unconventional musical filled with a lot of jazz moments. I’m a huge fan of this type of music, so I was glad they brought jazz to the screen.
Even the main actor is a jazz singer – Al Jolson – who had a pretty good interpretation. Another important fact is the story, which follows a Jewish family. That is very interesting considering this movie was made in 1927, when there was a lot of discrimination, not particularly against the Jewish population but still. I have to mention the director was also Jewish, but I don’t want to discredit him at all because he made a pretty good film.
The story follows Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) from his childhood to his adult life. He is a very talented jazz singer but his father doesn’t want him to sing outside the synagogue. His father is the cantor and wants to be followed by his son. Unfortunately for him, Jakie is a dreamer, he wants to live his life otherwise. You’ll have to watch it to follow his journey!
You should watch this movie in case you want to know how sound film history began. Stay safe and enjoy it! I hope you’ll like it!