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Special Event Alert: The Jazz Singer

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When you list the truly groundbreaking films in the history of Hollywood, The Jazz Singer would be right up near the top (if not at the top). For those who don't know, it was the first successful "talkie"--a film that has synchronized dialogue. It opened in New York on October 6th, 1927 and changed the course of cinema history. Silent films, which until then had dominated the film industry, would eventually become little more than curios.

Tomorrow, in celebration of the film's 80th anniversary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be screening a restored and remastered version of this film classic at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The oldest surviving nitrate film elements and the original Vitaphone sound-on-disc recordings were used to prepare the version the Academy will be showing. Tickets are only $5 for the general public.

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers