Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-21 
Thanks for the plug, Teresa. Everyone should see the original version of The Jazz Singer for historical reasons. (Avoid the 1980 remake, though. Just buy the Neil Diamond soundtrack!)
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-19 
I don't know how many people realize that there was a deeper meaning for the blackface worn by Jolson, The function and meaning of blackface in the film is personally involved with Jolson's own Jewish heritage and his desire to make his mark in mass American cultureómuch as the ethnically Jewish Warner brothers were doing themselves. The character of Jack Robin compounds both tradition and stardom. The Warner Brothers thesis is that, really to succeed, a man must first acknowledge his ethnic self. The whole film builds toward the blacking-up scene at the dress rehearsal. Jack Robin needs the blackface mask as the agency of his compounded identity. Blackface will hold all the identities together without freezing them in a singular relationship or replacing their parts.
Posted by: Marty6697 on 2007-11-19 
Looks like the Vargas girls