And All That Jazz!
Do you love movies? Most people I know do. From the silent black and white films with live piano music accompanying them – dark and menacing when the villain ties the innocent young lady to the railroad tracks as a train is rapidly approaching, just because she rejected his advances – ooh, ooh, ooh, turn your head away!
Silent film stars like the sultry Rudolph Valentino was the heart throb of thousands of young women who longed for the romance from their beaus.
Comedian Charlie Chaplin, found his audience in silent films playing the awkward “Tramp,” for thirty years and was beloved by his audiences.
As it became clear Americans loved moving pictures, those making them devised ways of making them even more attractive and therefore even more profitable.
One of the early crossover silent film stars was Greta Garbo, a star MGM performer created a stir with her first talking movie Anna Christie. The movie was headlined as “Greta talks!”
Ninety years ago, the first talking movie, “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson, who often appeared on stage dancing and singing in minstrel shows. The movie had sound sequences as well as silent ones.
Once audiences heard the actor’s voices coming from the screen, there was no going back, though today, occasionally on Turner Classic Movies, a silent film is played and following the action and matching it up with the plot is entertaining.
A lot of what we see now is loud, graphic, violent and simply not entertaining. Parents have to be observant to monitor what their children watch and frankly, Nanaj isn’t interested in content that isn’t G or PG and never was.
Love musicals, old movies that have interesting story lines, and no mass violence.
But that’s just me, and since I have an attention deficit problem, I stop paying attention after a few minutes anyway, so you will seldom find me in a movie theatre and if at home with a movie on, I’m always doing something else at the same time.
Anyone else out there like that? I’d love to know I’m not alone!