AL JOLSON AND THE JAZZ SINGER
GER 2009 | 85 min.| director: Andrea Oberheiden-Brent
14.99 EUR/16 USD + shipping | NTSC/PAL | no region code
AL JOLSON AND THE JAZZ SINGER is the first feature documentary created by the two young German filmmakers Andrea Oberheiden-Brent and Jens J. Reinke.
The film delivers a detailed insight into the social and technical developments of the time as well as into Jolson's background - the story of an entire generation of immigrants and their search for identity in the "New World" at the beginning of the 20th century.
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"I am blown away by your documentary! It is absolutely incredible: the scholarship, the research, the filming, the editing, the focus. I had not expected such a professional piece of work!"
Marjorie Elitzer, Al Jolson's second cousin (2008)
"These two German filmmakers have produced a very compelling study of Warner Brothers’ THE JAZZ SINGER. Pulling together facts, archival footage, and numerous interviews, Andrea and Jens have accomplished and exhaustive review of Al Jolson's relationship to the making of the film, and they've done this in a very professional way. If you don't own a copy, run out and get one today! I've viewed it multiple times...learning a bit more with each visit."
Paul Bowers, Professor Emeritus of Visual
Arts and New Media at Fredonia University