in about 100 words or less
US 85m, Colour/B&W
Producer: Robert Bader; Narrator: Mark Hunt
The Dawn of Sound Film: How Movies Learned to Talk is an insightful and entertaining documentary about the invention and experimentation in early sound film and the difficulties of its introduction into the Hollywood motion picture industry. A Warner Brothers documentary, it contextualizes The Jazz Singer (1927), the first talkie which had widespread commercial success, and the beginning of the end for silent film. “How Movies Learned to Talk” also provides a fascinating explanation of the lesser known technical side of the early competing processes and the individuals who pioneered sound film (Klaus Ming January 2013).