Saturday, March 05, 2011

Talkies

I went to a series of lectures called "An Illustrated History of Warner Brothers" on wednesday. It was a sensational history lesson. Many things popped out but this quote has to be one of the highlights:




Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927, upon hearing that sound and picture synchronization had been achieved in New York.




This is up there with Alan Sugar's early view on iPods and The Independent's stance on movies, saying in 1910: "It is probable that the fad will die out in the next few years."

Yeah. I love it!