Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Mr. and Mrs. Warner Bros. Pictures and their precocious offspring, Little Miss Vitaphone, host a dinner in honor of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee, attended by most of the major players and song writers under contract to WB at that time.
John G. Adolfi
Betty Jane Graham
Animated figure Talkie gets a visit from his friend Mutie in search for a job. Talkie takes him to the Western Electric sound lab, where a technician explains the process of putting sound ... See full summary »
F. Lyle Goldman
This film was believed lost for many years. In the 1990s the film element was found in the Library of Congress, having been mislabeled as a trailer for The Jazz Singer (1927). Several months later the Vitaphone disk surfaced from a collector in Maryland, who had retained it despite it having been broken into five pieces. Through extraordinary restoration efforts, the print of the film is in excellent condition with wonderful sound (and no trace of the broken disk). See more »
The Plantation Act gives us an excellent opportunity to hear Jolson's voice as it sounded during his prolific Broadway run. And to judge, even by this 1925 recording, his voice is astonishing. It is rich, complex, and very, very powerful. Pay particular attention to the end of "April Showers." Jolson performs some amazing vocal pyrotechnics, impossible for any other pop singer I've ever heard, a long note on the word, "come," he actually changes the timbre of his voice in a way I have not heard from any other singer. It is truly remarkable.
One does get the sense that Jolson is particularly uncomfortable in front of the camera (as he would be for the remainder of his career). He seems to want to break out and bound around the stage, as he would have in a real show. It is nevertheless worth hearing just for his voice.
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