It makes the film sound not so scary but fun to watch Review #2 1. Critic: Kathleen Carroll 2. Title of Critique: ‘Jaws’ sends shivers of terror down the spine: 1975 review 3. Provide a basic outline of the critic’s article. The author explains that Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, for example scary moments that turn out to be false alarms like a black fin in the water that is eventually exposed as a bathing cap.
This essay will examine the functions and effects of cinematography in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws Jaws follows the police chief Brody, along with scientist Hooper and shark hunter Quint, in their attempt to protect the town of Amity against a Great White shark that is terrorising beachgoers. It was adapted from Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. Following its release in summer 1975, Jaws became the highest grossing film As Jaws was one of the first motion pictures to be shot partially on water, the production came across issues with the prosthetic shark, and as a result, Spielberg decided to only suggest the appearance of the shark as often as possible, as opposed to showing the prosthetic body during attacks. This sparing use of the prosthetic, and primary focus instead on creating suspense and dread without the shark visibly present, proved to be an inspired decision, as Jaws is considered a pioneering achievement in the horror genre. The director of photography for Jaws, Bill Butler, uses cinematography as a mode of visual storytelling, and the choices made regarding shot positioning, blocking of actors and colour palette contribute seismically to the suspenseful and thrilling tone of the film.
The island was becoming to grow to big financially for its own good, hence why Jaws came. Jaws was there to give the mayor the idea that money is not everything. Human lives are not worth the extra green and by the end of the movie the mayor got the message and spent more money to send Sam Quint off to capture the shark. Also if anyone had found out that the mayor had been harboring knowledge that an aggressive shark was present but did not do anything about it, he could have lost his job or maybe sued. Either way he took off more than he could chew and deserved all
Both movies focus on survival. In Jaws, it is the more extreme idea of surviving a shark attack. Midnight Cowboy focusing on surviving in the city. People were cruel to him, and he needed to make something of himself. He has to go through starvation, the cold, with no money to his name.
The picture of the great white shark grabs the audience’s attention because it is something which just about everyone was afraid of even before this film was released. At first glance, the reader sees a woman swimming, but this view point is quickly changed by the massive shark directly beneath her. The shark is obviously swimming its way toward her, which gives the viewer a feeling of suspense. When seeing the poster, the reader feels sympathy with the woman because she may soon
Numerous types of lighting were exposed in Jaws. The natural light makes the pictures more accurate. The capability to adjust the vividness makes the frightening parts even creepier. It lets the viewers to recognize that the shark is routing towards somebody. Pair of methods are negative space, darkness, lighting for serenity.
In the music a dramatic crescendo culminates with a low note ‘stinger’, synchronized with a shot of the wet bikini hanging from a small cherub statue by the pool. The music in this scene is virtually the same as the music in the Jaws’ scene described before, but its meaning is totally different. One possible read-ing of the scene is that the contrast between the playfulness of the situation and the serious and dramatic music creates a humorous effect. The use of the Jaws leitmotif here relies on the assumption that the audience knows the movie
The eye level shot allows the audience to both see and feel Chris’s pain. The combination of all three camera angles, encourages both empathy and sympathy for Chris. The sunken place is a metaphor that represents the marginalization of ethnic minorities. During this scene Mrs. Armitage(Society) hypnotizes Chris and takes control of his body(marginalizes him). “You can’t move, You’re paralyzed, Just like that day when you did nothing, You did nothing, now sink into the floor, Sink.” As Chris continues to fall and scream he has no control over the current situation, his silence is being controlled and forced.
Camera narration is crucial to the effect the movie has on its audience. It is noticed that the viewer rarely gets close to the apartments or characters across the courtyard. The viewpoint is mainly fixed to Jeff’s apartment, apart from a few occasions where the camera plunges out of the window. The fronts of the buildings facing the main street are never shown either; instead all of the action takes place within the mystery and secrecy of the backyard, hence the title name ‘Rear’ Window. Perhaps Hitchcock realised that many people would not behave the same way in their front facing windows.
(Robinson 8) adds more intensity than if the trapper had already shot the creature. Present tense is especially effective when Lisa, “turned back and saw him." (Robinson 16) The audience is living the moment right then with Lisa as she spots the sasquatch. It would be less thrilling if she had already seen the sasquatch. The element of surprise would be less.