Tuesday, September 12, 2006

242 Trivia Question ANSWERED

The trivia contest is closed, all nine tickets have been given out.

What is the title of the first feature-length film released theatrically that used the Vitaphone system for sync sound?

I'll give you a hint: it is not THE JAZZ SINGER, regardless of what other sites may say.

THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) is wrong, because I deliberately omitted an important word from the question. If I had asked:

What is the title of the first feature-length film released theatrically that used the Vitaphone system for sync DIALOGUE ?

Then the answer would be THE JAZZ SINGER , which used some sync dialogue.

A few people gave the smart but wrong answer of LIGHTS OF NEW YORK (1928), which was the first "all-talkie."

The correct answer was DON JUAN (1926), which used sync music and effects.

More about this in class next week.
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