|Beth Ertz playing Al Jolson's "April Showers"|
Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer
Documentary about the world's first talking picture
Runtime: 85 minutes (GER, 2009)
Director Andrea Oberheiden:
On October 6th, 1927 the Warner Bros. production "The Jazz Singer" had its premiere in New York City. The first talkie with dialogue revolutionized the film industry and marked the end of silent films. The story around the Jewish protagonist Jakie Rabinowitz, torn between tradition and modern spirit, and the success of the film are inseparably connected with the Jewish entertainer Al Jolson.
The film delivers an insight into the social and technical developments of the time, as well as into Jolson´s personal background; a history of the immigrants' search for identity in the "New World" at the beginning of the 20th century.
"Al Jolson was the most impressive entertainer on the American stage. Only a shadow of himself appeared in films." Charles Chaplin
|July 10, 2009: Premiere at the Pumpe in Kiel!|
|July 12, 2009: The Jazz Singer - for the first time in a movie theater in Kiel since 1930!|
Coincidentally the movie theater Die Pumpe is located in the same street where the only remains of a synagogue in Kiel can be found.
|- Mae Volen Senior Center, Inc., Boca Raton/ USA (October 2, 2007)
- International Al Jolson Festival, Orlando/ USA (May 23, 2008)
- Jolson Society Meeting, Bromley/ England (October 19, 2008)
- Film competition "Tiefenschärfe", Kiel TV (November 15, 2008)
- Jolson Night, Adelaide/ Australia (April 4, 2009)
|Executive Producer:||Jens J. Reinke|
|Camera:||Andrea Oberheiden, Jens J. Reinke|
|Editor, Sound:||Andrea Oberheiden|
|Technical Advisor:||Jens J. Reinke|
– 50th Nordic Filmdays, Lübeck (October 29, 2008)
|- Winner at film competition "Tiefenschärfe", Kiel TV (November 15, 2008)|