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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.

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