During done a lot better if there was

During the 1920’s, sound and music was about to change
the look of shorts and movies,
and the film that started it all was The
Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland,
1927). This was the
first feature length film that was able to synchronize dialogue, and because of this it influenced
and revolutionized the generation of movies we see in our present day lives; as
well as the end of the silent film era.
As soon as the Jazz Singer became such a massive success, early films that had sound in them
could usually fill a theatre; even if the movie was absolutely terrible. Major studios like Universal
Pictures and Paramount Pictures took notice of what Warner brothers had done
and started to convert to sound films as well; a single film forced the major
film industries to change the way they do films or they would be left behind.  One of the 1920 popular silent films, The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin,
1925), was a massive
success,
but it would have done a lot better if there was sound. That was why it was released in
the 1940’s with sound; this would not have happened without The Jazz Singer being a huge success as
well. Even with the
sound conversion,
where large films used these new techniques,
The Jazz Singer came out of a
different style,
which used an ethnic story,
which was popular type of film at the time.
Hence in what way did the Jazz singer
impact films later on in the 1920s and the modern day films?

            Now even though The
Jazz Singer is nationally acclaimed for being the first sound feature length
film, it was not the
first. When Warner
Brothers was extremely small compared to now,
they had bought a sound system called the Vitaphone which debuted on 1926 with Don Juan (Alan Crosland, 1926,)
a costume drama featuring a score performed by the New York Orchestra. The Jazz Singer however,
was the second Vitaphone feature that had its first full feature film with its
own sound track that included dialogue.
It is too bad that Don Juan had set records when playing at least eight weeks
at 100% of capacity,
and while Jazz Singer had only 80%
fir its best week; but this does not take away how importance of The Jazz Singer was to modern era films. As Jonathan Tankel says “The Jazz
Singer weakens any kind of argument that any sound film could significantly
depress the box office of a good quality silent film.” (Tankel, 1978).

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The
film industries extensive conversion to sound was such a monumental process in
which were there is undying proof that this is all because of the significant
direct impact of The Jazz Singer. Such information in and of itself
should cause some doubt in accepting the standard explanation. Although The Jazz Singer is viewed
as an important influence and had an impact on the conversion to sound, it was not a fundamental cause. The audiences had to respond in a
good way,
or else there would have been no reason to convert, which would be the worst possibility. In the early days of sound films, just before company’s decided to
convert to sound,
they were made with special care,
and each one was better than the others.
Now if we look at sound now,
it has become a tool in which ordinary films could be made more appealing to an
audience than they had been; whether it is a big budget film like star wars or
a small media assignment by a student,
sound has become essential to bring life to these films. Without a doubt, The Jazz Singer was the final proof of that the success of sound, was mandatory to our modern day
films.

Now let us look at a
more modern film like Hairspray (Adam
Shankman, 2007). The amount of flare, pop, and musical
atmosphere can be seen throughout the entire movie, and it would not
have been possible without The Jazz
Singer being what it is; they both take on different themes, but are most known
for their beautiful musical score. Imagine if your
favourite film did not have any music or sound, would you still
enjoy it? The reason why so many people in the 1920s adored and praised The Jazz Singer, was because it gave
life, it turned films on its head, because no longer
did you need to come up with the sounds yourself; this is why The Jazz
Singer is so highly regarded as it is today to most film critics. Though it had controversial
themes like blackface, it is still important to this day.

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