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The Godfather, Star Wars, Deer Hunter, Clockwork Orange. A lot of legendary films arose from the #newhollywood #70s era but perhaps the single greatest influence on the film business was #1975’s #Jaws (released 6/75), #stevenspielberg’s debut feature film was a watershed moment as the first real #summer #blockbuster, concerning a quaint #NewEngland seaside town being terrorized by a man eating #shark. It boils down to a convinced police chief (#royscheider), a smart oceanographer (#richarddreyfuss) & a crusty shark hunter (#robertshaw) to go after it. Jaws is a transcendent moment in cinema, a film that relies on the power of suggestion (the monster is rarely seen but implied), a solid take on #manvsnature & a film that laid the foundation for blockbusters to come with Star Wars to today’s modern day blockbusters. The behind the scenes story of Spielberg’s work are just as fascinating from a ballooning budget, a faulty mechanical shark, worried producers & a waterlogged set (Jaws was shot on location). But it all added up to one hell of a great #horror film, beginning with the #FirstVictim trope of horror films, an omen of what’s to come as one unlucky swimmer learns in the most dire of circumstances when she’s by herself (Spielberg & the actress would later lampoon this in the director’s 1941). It’s a smart movie that relies on playing on the audience’s instincts vs. going the easy way of depicting the monster. But it’s also a damn entertaining film that inspired some of the best lines spoken in #cinema like “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” to surprising twists you don’t expect like Quint’s unexpected fate at the hands of the shark. Spielberg’s work would lay the foundation for his future work as a crowd pleaser but also a depiction of nature at its absolute worst (Jurassic Park to later follow alongside Arachnophobia & Twister that he produced). Jaws is about the mythology of the shark not only as king but as monster. #95daysofsummermovies #instafarting #cinefarting DAY20
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Pickup on South Street, Samuel Fuller, 1952, fotografia di Joe MacDonald
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