First – of course. No justification needed.
Second – a lot of people think this is the first sound film. It’s not. It’s the first feature with synchronized dialogue. Technically the first sound ever recorded on film was Thomas Edison reading ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’ This is a silent movie that has sequences with dialogue and songs. The first full feature sound film was Lights of New York. But, in terms of general film history, yes, this was the first major sound feature. I just want people to be aware of the specificities before we go on making claims that aren’t wholly accurate.
That aside, it’s impossible to not consider this the biggest thing to happen to Hollywood in 1927. This movie changed the direction of Hollywood and irrevocably changed film history. Silent film ceased to exist because of this movie. (Not immediately, but within five years.)
In a way, this may be the film that changed Hollywood the most of any film ever released. (more…)