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Why I love the opening sequence of Steven Spielbergs Jaws!

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Why I love the opening sequence of Steven Spielberg's Jaws! At first I thought an old fashioned film from 1975 would be boring but I was wrong. "Jaws" is a fantastic film, although it can be spine chilling at times. I was 100% sure it would be like all seventies movies; as boring as having to sit through one of Ms Clark's lectures. Wrong! This movie is awesome.. Right at the beginning the opening scene Spielberg shows us the Point Of View of the shark as it swims swiftly through the water, brushing past weeds. Then out of the blue we hear it, the spine chilling 'Jaws' score, carefully written and structured by John Williams. It signifies danger, gets our heartbeats accelerating and gives us a taste of fear! ...read more.

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We immediately know something's going to happen when the boy goes and sits closer to her. They both stare at each other intensively before the girl gets up and runs off; leaving the safety and warmth of the campfire. My heart starts racing again... We start fearing the worst for her as she gets closer to the sea. The camera focuses on her and tracks her as she runs towards the sea. The broken, skeletal fence in the background gives us a sense of danger as she runs alongside it. "What's your name?" the boy shouts drunkily, "Chrissie!" the girl replies, in a high pitched girly voice. This shows us her innocence, her vulnerability.. Spielberg has shown us that clearly her card is marked. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is where you feel like screaming out at her, telling her to swim away, to get away from danger. Because we know that any minute now.. The shark attacks! Chrissie's eyes go wide then suddenly she's pushed forward as the shark attempts to drag her under water. It drags her across the water as she screams at the top of her lungs, "God help me!" "Help me!" Obviously no one can hear her. The shark drags her off screen but he camera doesn't follow her; we've left her too.. She grabs hold a buoy and for a moment we feel a pang of hope, but the shark had different thoughts. It grabs her once again and the bell starts to ring, her death toll. We know she is nowhere near being saved; we get one last glimpse of her horrified face and 'SPLOOSH!' She disappears... A-mazing! ...read more.

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