In 1973, author Peter Benchley had his now famous novel, Jaws, published to great acclaim. Inspired by a number of real life incidents of sharks attacking humans, the novel is the journey of three very different men who come together to hunt down a shark that has been terrorizing sunbathers and tourists of a small Northeastern American ocean community.
Paramount Pictures and Steven Spielberg took Mr. Benchley’s script and made one of the most terrifying and successful films in history. The story of the great white shark brings drama, horror, thriller, and action themes all together in one. The result defined the spectacle film and changed both Hollywood and cinema forever. The summer movie was born yet as time has passed, re-evaluation of such films has clarified that such films have as much to say as those considered more academic.
With the 100th anniversary of Paramount Pictures, Jaws has been given a re-mastering. The new blu-ray and high definition release of the film comes to viewers this August resulting in arguably the greatest presentation of a now genre classic. Dark Discussions discusses the film and its many sidebars including its commentary on socioeconomics, the famous U.S.S. Indianapolis speech, how the 1970’s made famous such iconic scientists as Jacques Cousteau, and why they think the film has continued to be loved today. Even if nostalgia is part of the film’s appeal, whether by luck or skill, the tightly woven tale still feels as relevant today as it did in 1975.