Wired for Sound
Author and film critic David Thomson explores how cinema has changed him - and us: 1927, Al Jolson and ‘Mammy’. From 2011.
The dream of a universal language of film, even one that took place in silence with titles, died as Al Jolson sang for his 'mammy' in The Jazz Singer (1927).
A new age of dreaming and illusion was upon us and it had many voices.
Author David Thomson takes a highly personal journey through the meaning of film and its impact on us.
Producer: Mark Burman.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2011.