On this day, the premiere of the film The Jazz Singer by Warner Brothers took place on Broadway. The crowded hall listened to a famous entertainer Al Jolson with delight: “Wait a minute… you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.” But the audience has already heard enough, because for the first time in the world they watched a movie with words! Before this iconic line the great silent film reigned on the screens, and only a pianist could be heard. Poor pianists! Like moths, they reached out from all over America to Hollywood in the hope of finding work on scoring films. Actors whose voice was found to be unsuitable for the “great sound” also turned out to live without their bread and butter.
Art, as always, demanded sacrifices – and received them.