The Jazz Singer

The movie, The Jazz Singer started off great because it showed passion from begining to end. especially in the way the Jack the boy performed in the saloon. It showed how he loves to share his voice even if it was place full of people drinking beer. Jack Robin was a talented young boy who caught the crowds attention with his voice. Jack started singing the Kol Nidre for the jewish holiday with his father. His father was happy to sing with him bcause it brought them closer as religious men. As Jack grew older their relationship was becoming more distant, especially when he ran away to follw his singing career. Jack even comes back as an older man and apologizes for his behavior. Nevertheless, this film showed power  from the father side as far as implementing rules in the house and wanting his son to sing for the holiday.  Power was also shown when the director of the broadway show was saying he starts work at a certain time and the show has to go on no matter the cause.The film also shows another part, sadness through the struggle between the Cantor and (The father) wanting his son to sing the Kol Nidre for the jewish holiday because he is to sick to sing. Jack’s father believes he should sing for God because it is only right as a man of God however, Al Jolson believes pursuing his dreams only comes around once. Jack’s mother is also sadden by Jack running away from home and fighting with his father about his sing talent. we see how his mother supports her sons passion for singing and doesnt try to stop him from leaving, she looks away not telling her husband. This slient film was great because it was black and white, and on certain parts a song was played or sung and a piano too. Jack’s a talented guy and the struggle between his faith, carrying tradition and stardom which was a hard decison for him to choose, but he chose his faith. Jack showed his committment to his father and this made his career grow because the director of the gig gives him another chance to pursue his dream of being on stage on broadway in New york City and as he sang for God he also fullfilled his singing career. Wikipedia stated ” The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the “talkies” and the decline of the silent film era. Directed byAlan Crosland and produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the movie stars Al Jolson, who performs six songs. The film is based on The Day of Atonement, a play by Samson Raphaelson. The film depicts the fictional story of Jakie Rabinowitz, a young man who defies the traditions of his devout Jewish family. After singing popular tunes in a beer garden he is punished by his father, a cantor, prompting Jakie to run away from home. Some years later, now calling himself Jack Robin, he has become a talented jazz singer. He attempts to build a career as an entertainer but his professional ambitions ultimately come into conflict with the demands of his home and heritage.” it also adds that jack came home with love and was kick out of the house because of his the Cantor’s pride. we can all relate to this story because it represents us as children doing things that our parents didnt think it was wise to do because it went against family traditions. It also states that” Jack returns to the Rabinowitz home. He kneels at his father’s bedside and the two converse fondly: “My son—I love you.” Sara suggests that it may help heal his father if Jack takes his place at the Yom Kippur service. Mary arrives with the producer, who warns Jack that he’ll never work on Broadway again if he fails to appear on opening night. Jack can’t decide. Mary challenges him: “Were you lying when you said your career came before everything?” Jack is unsure if he even can replace his father: “I haven’t sung Kol Nidre since I was a little boy.” His mother tells him, “Do what is in your heart, Jakie—if you sing and God is not in your voice — your father will know.” The producer cajoles Jack: “You’re a jazz singer at heart!” At the theater, the opening night audience is told that there will be no performance. Jack sings the Kol Nidre in his father’s place. His father listens from his deathbed to the nearby ceremony and speaks his last, forgiving words: “Mama, we have our son again.” The spirit of Jack’s father is shown at his side in the synagogue. Mary has come to listen. She sees how Jack has reconciled the division in his soul: “a jazz singer—singing to his God.” then “The season passes—and time heals—the show goes on.” Jack, as “The Jazz Singer,” is now appearing at the Winter Garden theater, apparently as the featured performer opening for a show called Back Room. In the front row of the packed theater, his mother sits alongside Yudleson. Jack, in blackface, performs the song “My Mammy” for her and for the world.”

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