ISBN-10: 085170929X

ISBN-13: 9780851709291

Edition: 2002

Authors: Antonia Quirke

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Steven Spielberg's second feature, released in 1975, was an adaptation of a best-selling trash novel about a killer shark's effect on a New England tourist town. Under extreme pressure on a catastrophic location shoot, Universal's twenty-seven-year-old prodigy crafted a thriller so effective that for many yearsJawswas the highest-grossing film of all time. It was also instrumental in establishing the concepts of the event movie and the summer blockbuster. Jawsexerts an extraordinary power over audiences. Apparently simplistic and manipulative, it is a film that has divided critics into two broad camps: those who dismiss it as infantile and sensational--and those who see the shark as freighted with complex political and psychosexual meaning. Antonia Quirke, in an impressionistic response, argues that both interpretations obscure the film's success simply as a work of art. InJawsSpielberg's ability to blend genres came together with his precocious technical skill in creating a genuine masterpiece, underrated by many, even its director. Indeed, Quirke claims, this may be Spielberg's finest work.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: BFI Publishing
Publication date: 7/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar first came to widespread public attention through the ground-breaking BBC comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me. He followed this success with his solo venture, 'The Kumars at No. 42'. Sanjeev can also be seen in the films 'Anita and Me', 'The Guru', 'The Mystic Masseur' and 'Notting Hill', and has appeared in the West End smash hit musical, Monty Python's 'Spamalot'. He is married to Kumars co-star Meera Syal.

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