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Film Studies


The Jazz Singer
Edited, with an Introduction by Robert L. Carringer
Tino Balio, Series Editor

Wisconsin/Warner Bros. screenplay series

The Jazz Singer is an American cultural classic

The Jazz Singer was the first feature length film with spoken dialog as part of the dramatic action. Set in the 1920s, it deals with the elemental conflicts underlying a precise historical moment for the first-generation Jew in America—sacred versus profane, Jew versus Gentile, ascetic versus libertine, deprivation versus economic promise, immobility versus displacement.

Wisconsin/Warner Bros. screenplay series
Tino Balio, series editor

Robert L. Carringer, Associate Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois at Ubrana-Champaign, has written numerous articles on film and, with Barry Sabath, The Film Career of Ernest Lubitsch. Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the author of United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars, United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, and the editor of The American Film Industryas well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.

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the Jazz Singer cover features a still from the movie, with a white performer in blackface singing. This image is controversial.

December 2005

LC: 78-053295 PN
228 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 28 illus.

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