The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
  • UR
  • 1h 29m
  • 1927
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Son of a Jewish Cantor Jakie Rabinowitz (Jolson) is expected to follow the calling of his father and his father before him to serve his faith and his community. Although born with the gift to move people with his voice, Rabinowitz yearns to serve an even greater audience as an entertainer, as The Jazz Singer. Based on the play and on the short story "The Day of Atonement" by Samson Raphaelson. Honorary Academy Award as the pioneer outstanding talking picture, revolutionizing the film industry.

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Common Sense Says
First talkie may lead to good discussion on race.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1927 film -- the first "talkie" -- features Al Jolson performing in blackface, a practice that was popular in its day and may need to be explained to younger viewers and put into context. The use of blackface is certainly racist, but in one instance it's handled well, suggesting a connection between African Americans and Jews experiencing similiar identities as outsiders. The movie reveals the domestic discord of Jackie's family life and depicts a cruel father who whips and disowns him.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 6, 1927
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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