Jakie Rabinowitz runs away from home to become a jazz-singer rather than the cantor his father had intended. He returns years later a famous man and finally makes peace with his dying father by singing the Kol Nidre in the Synagogue.
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Of all the didn't-age-well-but-it's-historically-important films I've forced myself to watch in order be a legitimate cinephile, this was by far the most painful one, and for reasons that I wasn't expecting. The black face was actually the sixth most annoying thing from the movie, the first one being all those mommy songs... wtf? What creepy target audience was this written for?
More than an archaeological treasure and a landmark of one of my favourite moments in the History of Cinema industry (the "death" of silent movies and the birth of the "talkies"), "The Jazz Singer" is a symbol of a kind of show that, over the years, become inseparable from Hollywood: the musical. And you can still have fun with this old, dated picture, despite the ingenuity of its most basic elements: story, ...