Blog

Image & sound: “The Jazz Singer”

Blog
Image & sound: “The Jazz Singer”

04.12.2019

1927 film The Jazz Singer is widely known as the first sound and image film. One of the milestones of cinema history, it is the first film that drew major reactions from its audiences with the music and sound effects produced by vitaphone technology.

Text: Hande Sönmez
Traslated: Yetkin Nural
Collage: Sadi Güran

At a time known as the silent movies’ golden age, it was the first time that the audiences met with sound in a film. The first film that used synchronized image and sound, The Jazz Singer (1927), was produced by Warner Bros, and directed by Alan Crosland. Crosland directed several features for Warner Bros before, including Don Juan, but The Jazz Singer –as the first sound film– became the one that put his name in the history books. One of the best actors of the period, Al Jonson, who also was a successful comedian and singer, was in the leading role.

The opening line in The Jazz Singer, “Wait a minute, you haven’t heard anything yet”, is a tongue in cheek comment for the audiences, hinting at the mission of the film and the switch from the silent to the sound movies.

Honorary Award at the Oscars

The film was given the honorary award at the Oscar Ceremony, which was the special award handed out that year. The Jazz Singer tells the story of Jack, a musician who chooses to follow his own path instead of becoming a synagogue singer as his family wants him to be. Torn apart between the pressure from his family and his own dreams, the young man decides to follow his passion. The film takes the audience to a journey with young Jack, who sets down a challenging path as he gives up the five generation long tradition of synagogue head singers and dives into the jazz world.

It is possible to see how The Jazz Singer affected the cinema industry chronologically as well. The film created a huge impact in 1927. 1927 and the golden year of silent cinema, 1928, saw many great silent productions. Yet, by 1929, Hollywood made a soft switch into sound film and slowly progressed into closing the chapter of silent films.

Marking a great change and the end of the first chapter in cinema history, The Jazz Singer is deserving of its monumental position not only by its mission but also with its story and cast.

You may also like

Follow Us
TR EN
Filter events by label
26 FEB MON
1

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

27 FEB TUE
3

18:00

Conversation Noise of the City and Spaces in Beyoğlu

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Dance Create Space for Action

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

28 FEB WED
1

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

29 FEB THU
3

18:30

Conversation Working Conditions in the Field of Dance

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Conversation Crossing Boundaries in Jazz: Creativity and Freedom

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Seminar An Alternative View on Art, Children and Creativity

Online Platform – Zoom

01 MAR FRI
2

16:00

Workshop The Endless Joy of Youth

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Concert Ah! Kosmos - "Ambient Set"

Akbank Sanat

02 MAR SAT
4

12:00

Kid Upcycling Workshop: Cloth Bag Painting (Ages 6 to 10)

Akbank Sanat

13:30

Kid Colors and Dreams Workshop: Mug Painting (Ages 6 to 10)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Audition Techniques

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Objects, Needs and Tricks (Workshop for Adults)

Akbank Sanat

03 MAR SUN
-
04 MAR MON
2

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop (4 March)

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Seminar States of Curation

Online Platform – Zoom

05 MAR TUE
2

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop (5 March)

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Conversation News from the City: I am a propertyless other in this city. Mom can I go home?

Akbank Sanat

06 MAR WED
2

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop (6 March)

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Concert Ah! Kosmos - "Ambient Set"

Akbank Sanat

07 MAR THU
3

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop (7 March)

Akbank Sanat

18:00

Seminar Local Cultural Policies

Online Platform – Zoom

20:00

Dance “Dreamer” Performance

Akbank Sanat

08 MAR FRI
1

11:00

Dance Andrea Hackl Dance Workshop (8 March)

Akbank Sanat

09 MAR SAT
6

11:30

Kid What Am I Going To Be?

Akbank Sanat

12:00

Kid Paper Sculptures: Piet Mondrian (Ages 7 to 12)

Akbank Sanat

13:30

Kid My Neighborhood Istanbul (Ages 8 to 13)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Workshop With Barış MıhcıAxis Syllabus Dance and Movement Workshop(9 March)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Time and Space In Body Experience

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Seminar Pataphysics, Reality, and Exceptional Solutions

Akbank Sanat

10 MAR SUN
-
11 MAR MON
2

18:00

Seminar The Culture & Ideology of Art

Online Platform – Zoom

19:00

Workshop With Barış MıhcıAxis Syllabus Dance and Movement Workshop(11 March)

Akbank Sanat

12 MAR TUE
-
13 MAR WED
1

18:30

Seminar Obsession

Akbank Sanat

14 MAR THU
-
15 MAR FRI
-
16 MAR SAT
3

12:00

Kid Colors and Dreams Workshop: T-shirt Painting (Ages 7 to 11)

Akbank Sanat

13:30

Workshop Colors and Dreams Workshop: Mug Painting (Ages 6 to 10)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

Workshop Breath-Sound-Diction Relationship In Acting

Akbank Sanat

17 MAR SUN
-

Add event to your calendar

Subscribe to Newsletter