In 1927, the first feature film with audible dialogue was released. The Jazz Singer made a huge impression at the time and prompted studios worldwide to experiment with the inclusion of sound in their films eventually leading to the decline of the silent film era. Ironically, the dialogue wasn’t intended at all. Originally, the film was only supposed to have synchronized music, but after the song “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face”, Al Johnson ad-libbed the line “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet”. It was decided that the line should be in the movie (after Sam Warner’s insistence some sources claim), a few more lines were recorded and the rest is history.
Janet Leigh, the leading actress in Hitchcock’s masterpiece, developed a phobia of showers after watching the film. Leigh portrayed Marion, the girl who gets murdered in the iconic shower scene. Reportedly, she had trouble taking showers for decades and she only did when absolutely necessary locking all the doors and having the curtain open. The actress herself has said in an interview: “I never realized before how completely vulnerable we are. Seeing the movie and seeing how defenseless one is — you can’t see, the curtain’s shut; you can’t hear, the water’s running. You’re a sitting duck it did a number on my head.”
A festival called Lebowski Fest is held annually in many cities in the USA. It started from a small bowling alley in Louisville, Kentucky and by now it has become a huge event with people dressing as characters from the film, playing bowling and drinking Caucasians. Jeff Bridges, Julian Moore, John Goodman and many other members of the movie cast have attended the festival and there’s even a documentary about it. If you live in the UK like me you can also attend a similar festival in London called “The Dude Abides”.