Sunday, June 20, 2010
24 Frames: Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)
On this day, 35 years ago, Jaws was released. Obviously, it became what we now mockingly refer to as a "game changer". Whether or not it was responsible form a move away from the more substantive fare America was producing during the era to the corporatization of high concept with four quadrant pre-marketing cache bullshit that (mostly) passes for Summer films these days is a conversation for another day (though, I vehemently disagree with Jaws or Star Wars' culpability if you're asking). Instead let's celebrate Jaws, the enduring classic film that shows how to do grand entertainment right.
Since I still have yet to start the Psycho series of reviews, I will pass on the opportunity to review or rewatch the sequels at this time, maybe in 5 years, besides, they mostly blow.
Here are my other Jaws related articles from the archives:
Trailer of the Moment: Jaws (and a whole lot of blabber about the 2007 summer movie season)
Things I Just Noticed: Jaws (a currently one time feature which netted my first anonymous rude comment from a total stranger)
Death's Going to Need a Bigger Boat (my tribute post to Roy Scheider upon his passing, though I spend more time discussing Sorcerer than Jaws)
Books Read in 2009 (which includes a small review of the Jaws series retrospective: Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A Jaws Companion by Patrick Jankiewcz)
On this day let's look at 24 Frames that I selected from Jaws. Which was directed by Steven (Sugarland Express) Spielberg and Bill Butler was the cinematographer.