23 February 2023
Pierre Blanchar entered, and came to sit at my table. Unfolding his napkin, he said:
“I have just come from London, where I saw something admirable and extraordinary: a talking picture…
– Have you seen an entire movie?
– Yes, an hour and a half film. The actors talk like you and me, the illusion is perfect, it’s mind-blowing. You have to see it. The title is Broadway Melody, and the movie is playing at the Palladium in London.”
The next day, at two o’clock, I was sitting in the front row of the balcony of a huge theater, listening to the image of Miss Bessie Love speak. Her recorded voice was not unpleasant; but when she sobbed, one thought of a little dog barking in a barrel.
However, this performance was a very important event for me. I went to see the film again that evening, then twice more the next day, and I returned home with my head full of theory and projects. After some technical improvements, talking pictures were going to be the new means of expression for the dramatic art.Buy online