What are The Talkies?

Talkies - So The Theory Goes - Evolution of Cinema

In this article, we’ll discuss the origins of the Talkies and how they changed the movie business forever.

The recorded dialogue that played in time with the images on screen gave rise to the term talkie. Silent films were produced and exhibited during the years between 1894 and 1929. Most of these movies utilised intertitles to explain the plot, and live pianists, organists, and orchestras provided the score and sound. Talking pictures resulted from incorporating recorded dialogue into cinema as technology progressed.

The up-and-coming Warner Brothers studio was among the first in Hollywood to invest heavily in the Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. Don Juan, the first feature-length film to use synchronised music and sound effects, was released in 1926.

The Jazz Singer, another Warner Brothers film, was the first feature to feature recorded dialogue, albeit in only two scenes. Lights of New York, the first all-talking feature film, was a commercial success and helped end the Silent Era, paving the way for the movies we know and love today.

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