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This edition: The Coming of Sound

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When Warner Brothers Studios released The Jazz Singer, the first 'talkie', in 1927, it spelled the end of the Silent Era. Program two shows how sound revamped Hollywood, how filmmaking evolved into the 'studio system' and how the first wave of creative directors including Howard Hawks, George Cukor and Dorothy Arzner began shaping the art of cinema. The Growth of the Studio System. (1932 - Howard Hawks Directs Scarface; 1939 - Oscar Micheaux, First Black Feature Film Director; 1940 - George Cukor Directs The Philadelphia Story; 1940 - Dorothy Arzner, Hollywood's Greatest Female Director; 1941 - Orson Welles, Citizen Kane)