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299 Ratings

The Jazz Singer

Directed by Alan Crosland
United States, 1927
Musical, Drama


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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The Jazz Singer Directed by Alan Crosland

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1929 | Winner: Honorary Award

1929 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adaptation

National Film Preservation Board

1996 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Reputation as “of historical interest only”: confirmed. Sadly, I couldn’t even enjoy Jolson’s performances, as the musical taste of American audiences circa the early decades of the 20th century has always confounded me; neither his reedy voice nor his ingratiating patter appeal at all, and of course the kindest thing that can be said about his blackface routine is that it’s much more odious in conception than in his particular execution.
December 02, 2015
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The Blu-ray [edition] has a more satisfyingly filmlike feel, bringing out the tight grain of the meticulously restored image and making the movie look less like a battered antique and more like the bleeding-edge technological marvel that did much to advance the acceptance of talking films in 1927.
January 04, 2013
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