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The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007)

The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early ... See full summary »

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Robert S. Bader (as Robert Bader), Tim Prokop
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Mark Hunt Mark Hunt ... Narrator (voice)
Ron Hutchinson Ron Hutchinson ... Himself - The Vitaphone Project
Scott Eyman Scott Eyman ... Himself - Author 'The Speed of Sound'
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Film Historian / Author
Jack Stanley Jack Stanley ... Himself - Thomas Edison Menlo Park Museum
Robert Gitt Robert Gitt ... Himself - UCLA Film & Television Archive
Emily Thompson Emily Thompson ... Herself - Professor of History, Princeton University
Jonathan Kuntz Jonathan Kuntz ... Himself - UCLA Film Historian
Jack Warner Jr. Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself - Son of Jack L. Warner (archive footage)
A.C. Lyles ... Himself - Producer, Paramount Pictures
Ben Burtt ... Himself - Sound Designer / Director
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic / Historian
Eileen McHugh Eileen McHugh ... Herself - Director, Case Research Lab Museum
Vince Giordano ... Himself - Band Leader, 'Vince Giordano's Nighthawks'
Thelma White ... Herself (archive footage)
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The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early failed attempts by scientists and inventors, to the joined forces of Western Electric and Warner Bros. who, with their Vitaphone process,revolutionized the entertainment industry, perhaps more than any time before or since. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amanecer del sonido - Como las películas aprendieron a hablar See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Great Doc on Sound
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dawn of Sound, The: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007)

**** (out of 4)

Another brilliant documentary from Warner, this time teaching how sound came to be in movies. The documentary does a great job at showing all that went into the process as well as what all went out including several silent film stars careers. We see early experimental sound films from 1894 (available on DVD) as well as "talking attractions" like Griffith's Dream Street, which would turn out to be a disaster and turn studios off of sound films for many years. The Jazz Singer and it's role in history gets a lot of talk and the documentary runs up to the final silent film and Chaplin's The Great Dictator, which would put the nail in silent films forever. Anyone interested in the process of this piece of history will certainly learn it all here.


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