The cinema quiets down with 'El cantor de jazz'

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you haven't heard anything yet," Al Johnson addressed hundreds of spectators who watched in astonishment as a white singer painted in black smiled from the screen looking at a small audience in a café concert.

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05 October 2022 Wednesday 16:33
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The cinema quiets down with 'El cantor de jazz'

"Wait a minute, wait a minute, you haven't heard anything yet," Al Johnson addressed hundreds of spectators who watched in astonishment as a white singer painted in black smiled from the screen looking at a small audience in a café concert.

On October 6, 1927, the first sound film, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Johnson and Mirna Loy, premiered at the Warner Theater in New York.

In total, El cantor de jazz contained two minutes of dialogue, most of it improvised. The rest of the spoken exchanges were presented with the classic posters used in silent films of the time. But starting with this Jolson phrase, everything changed: less than two years later, some eight thousand movie theaters were equipped to be able to reproduce sound.

This new system will completely supplant the silent film in 1930.

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