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The Jazz Singer - Blue Skies
by Clifford Galiher `

This sequence demonstrates Warner Bros. production strategy for their much-publicized "sound film": inserting individual sequences with synchronized sound into a conventional silent feature film. Consider the orchestral scoring for the sound sequence (which would have been recorded onto the same Vitaphone discs as the sync sound portions of the film) and its narrative function, as well as the ways in which sound relates to the image (composition, camera angle, treatment of space, etc.) during the sound sequence.

This Commentary is related to the following Clips:
The Jazz Singer - Blue Skies by Warner Bros., dir. Alan Crosland (1927) Jack returns to his family home and performs "Blue Skies" on the piano for his mother before his father steps through the door. Part silent, part sync-sound.