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The Dawn of Sound: How Movies Learned to Talk (2007)

The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early ... See full summary »

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Robert S. Bader (as Robert Bader), Tim Prokop
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Mark Hunt Mark Hunt ... Narrator (voice)
Ron Hutchinson Ron Hutchinson ... Himself - The Vitaphone Project
Scott Eyman Scott Eyman ... Himself - Author 'The Speed of Sound'
Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Film Historian / Author
Jack Stanley Jack Stanley ... Himself - Thomas Edison Menlo Park Museum
Robert Gitt Robert Gitt ... Himself - UCLA Film & Television Archive
Emily Thompson Emily Thompson ... Herself - Professor of History, Princeton University
Jonathan Kuntz Jonathan Kuntz ... Himself - UCLA Film Historian
Jack Warner Jr. Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself - Son of Jack L. Warner (archive footage)
A.C. Lyles ... Himself - Producer, Paramount Pictures
Ben Burtt ... Himself - Sound Designer / Director
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic / Historian
Eileen McHugh Eileen McHugh ... Herself - Director, Case Research Lab Museum
Vince Giordano ... Himself - Band Leader, 'Vince Giordano's Nighthawks'
Thelma White ... Herself (archive footage)
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The nearly 30-year struggle to bring sound to motion pictures is the backdrop for this insightful documentary. Film historians, and survivors from the era take the audience from the early failed attempts by scientists and inventors, to the joined forces of Western Electric and Warner Bros. who, with their Vitaphone process,revolutionized the entertainment industry, perhaps more than any time before or since. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amanecer del sonido - Como las películas aprendieron a hablar See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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entertaining and informative documentary
11 January 2008 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is one of the extras as part of the 80th anniversary edition of the 1927 Jazz Singer.This is a combination of recent interviews and archive footage which explains in clear detail the evolution of sound in the cinema.It gives credit where credit is due.Although i would not agree with the comments of the curator of the Thomas Edison museum.He made out that Edison invented everything.After all every country has its claimant to the invention of the motion picture.This is ideal not just for viewers who are interested in the subject but people like myself who have made a detailed study of the introduction of sound.So it was well worth a viewing be it on DVD or TCM


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