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"Jaws", is a 1970's classic, directed by one of today's most accomplished directors, Steven Spielberg. This legendary film is amongst the most enduring action suspense films of all time, staring Roy Schneider as Chief Brody. The main protagonist struggles to undertake the task of ending the torment of a Great White Shark feeding on the locals. "Jaws" was filmed in 1975 on the coast of the very elegant Amity Island. Steven Spielberg set "Jaws" during the two or three advancing days prior to 4th July, America's Independence Day as that is the time a location like Amity Island would be at its busiest, due to its strongest industry being tourism. This meant various families would be arriving down for a holiday in Amity as it is a beach resort with many recreational facilities. There is however a substantial problem, these innocent families have not got a clue that a vicious Great White Shark is in the ocean constantly waiting for its next defenceless victim to feast vigorously upon. During the forthcoming days, hundreds of innocent tourists will be visiting the beach, with a vast percentage of them intruding the shark's current territory at some time or another. ...read more.


This also creates an impression that she is very isolated because she is unaccompanied far out in the sea, and the stoned boy she was with, is laying half dead on the sand. The camera focuses on the point of view of the shark and is under the sea, looking at the unprotected girl kicking her legs. The scary music starts abruptly, the audience instantaneously realise it is the shark's point of view staring at the girl as it approached her rapidly. Music and silence are used to petrify the audience or create tension by the uncomfortable sudden silence after the shark attack, as the girl was screaming, crying and yelling obscure words only seconds ago; this expresses to the audience the girl is dead. The abrupt end of the girl was tremendously eerie and frightening. Towards the closing scene of the first shark assault, the viewers only distinguish the sound of the waves crashing down on the surface. This is very eerie as it indicates the end of the attack, and the mysterious aquamarine ocean is once again placid and at ease after the untamed and savage attack by a shark. ...read more.


Alex's isolation frightens the audience because they anticipate something bad is destined to happen to him. Chief Brody continues to watch the water, and is still very anxious about the current situation of a possible shark's presence in the sea. A close up shot of his face reveals just how much he is agitated with his eyes firmly fixed on the sea. Three jump cuts of him watching the sea also verify to the audience that he is observing the sea exceedingly carefully. The audience would share his concern since they know what could be pout there. A point of view shot is taken when Brody identifies a black object swimming towards people. This frightens the audience because many of them would presume it is the shark. They are however hugely relieved when they see it was an old man swimming underwater with a black swimming hat on. The shot would have put the audience through the similar emotion to Brody, due to the fact they were watching the incident precisely how Brody would have seen it. Brody is immensely grateful it was not a shark, but is only slightly relaxed. A sunburnt man approaches Brody and begins talking to him blocking Brody's view of the sea. ...read more.

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