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30 Dec. In Abraham's Bosom by Paul Green opens; it is an all-black drama, 1927 Movies The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson; The Scarlet Letter, starring Lillian Gish; It, starring Clara Bow; The General, starring Buster Keaton; Wings, starring Buddy Rogers and Clara Bow, Underworld, starring George Bancroft, Evelyn Brent, and Clive Brook; Flesh and the Devil, starring John Gilbert and Greta Garbo; Seventh Heaven, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell; Love, starring John Gilbert and Greta Garbo; The King of Kings, directed by Cecil B.
Jazz outlasted the Jazz Age, but during the 1920s it expressed the exuberance of the era. Jazz is regarded as the only art form generated in America, and it has reached a world audience. Change was inevitable as new talents appeared, but jazz has always been dominated by Americans. Popular Songs. Many of the white songwriters and composers inspired by the innovations of black musicians were Jews, In the melting-pot tradition, American popular music in the 1920s represented a collaboration between Africa and Russia.
Eugene O'Neill's oneact plays were produced before the 1920s, but his major work commenced with Beyond the Horizon in 1920. Joyce and Proust. Of the two cultural currents — the foreign and the indigenous — noted, in literature the ARTS American current surpassed European influences in the 1920s. The isms of Europe did not travel well; Dadaism, Expressionism, Vorticism, et al. did not take root in America. The strongest foreign influences were the work of Irishman James Joyce and Frenchman Marcel Proust.