It was 1927 and a 41-year-old actor was about to make film history. The lights were ready to shine on Al Jolson who was the perfect person, despite initial concerns from Warner Bros, to transition American cinema from silent movies to talkies. The Jazz Singer opened in theatres on 6 October 1927 and was a roaring success. This pioneer film not only set the way for the future of Hollywood and motion pictures, but it also became a model for directors and producers around the country.
While I wasn't around in the 20s, I definitely owe Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer for my love of films. My earliest memory was sitting on the sofa in my living room where my Dad explained why Humphrey Bogart was his favourite actor. I loved films like 'Casablanca' and 'To Have and Have Not' but my interest quickly transferred to the God-like Cary Grant. One viewing of 'Charade' and I was hooked on the English-born actor and motion pictures.
I guess you could say that it was kismet, which is the Arabic word for 'fate', and will be the theme of this blog. Some of my favourite lines from films refer to fate:
'Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship'. - Casablanca
'My heart is, and always, will be, yours'. -Sense and Sensibility
'Don't forget I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.' -Notting Hill
For all those who love films as much as I do, you'll understand how powerful a film can be. Whether it makes you cry, smile, laugh, or yell, there is a reason films like 'Casablanca' and 'Notting Hill' continue to hold interest for young and older generations…they are timeless.
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Until next month, keep watching films and get in touch if you have ideas for a feature.