Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Great Scenes # 19: Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

I'd like to think that it's this scene that made Steven Spielberg a household name and pretty sealed his place in film history as one of the greats (or one of the overrateds, depends on who you talk to). Mechanical problems with the robot shark turned out to be blessing in disguise for him since it allowed Spielberg to be more Hitchcockian with his approach, which makes it more horrifying. The editing, cinematography and John Williams' iconic score made the opening death to the first true summer blockbuster Jaws a memorable one. The actress in the scene was great but says that the rig they had her in was actually quite painful and violent that much of her screaming in pain and fear was not really acting.

5 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Man, this is honestly one of my favourite scenes of all time, excellent choice buddy. This is just timeless.

Mark said...

I had no idea Jaws was that old now. It's a good scene, but I can't remember the last time I sat down and watched all of Jaws. Spielberg deserves his praise, but he has done things I don't really agree with, like censoring his own work, but he's no George Lucas. Who destroyed his own work.

Bart said...

thats what they all say about that pond, but i assure u it is safe and great. and that clip made me lol oddly enough

My 2 Pesos said...

Classic.

MRanthrope said...

love this movie. Watched it dozens of times at my grandmas house as kid and a thousand more as I grew older and bought the DVD for myself.