• To a true cinema lover I truly think now (after watching it maybe 6-8 times) that the first half of the film is actually better than the brilliant shark-chase rousing second half of the film. There’s a great triple shot sequence clean wipe edit and the camera and Spielberg creep closer to Scheider every time between edits- I think I had noticed it subconsciously before but it wasn’t readily apparent to me until this viewing. It’s dazzling and effective. Of course there’s the Hitchcock vertigo zoom in track out shot of Scheider at the beach as well in above picture
  • Hitchcockian transference of guilt in the film is well done as is the frame staging on the beach and on the boat with scheider in the foreground and other characters or the shark in the shot just before the “we’re gonna need a bigger boat line”
  • Genius POV camera work in the water
  • Powerful slow tracking shot intro to Robert shaw’s character
  • Iconic Oscar-winning score by john Williams
  • The film works as an intelligent 4 person character study- all 4 of them are brilliant characters and well performed by dreyfuss, scheider, shaw and murray hamilton
  • Eerie dialogue-less horror opening is very well done
  • Shot on the ferry is done largely in one long take
  • Roughly 80 minutes before seeing the shark- but just like the birds (another Hitchcock mention on this page) it’s a wonderful preamble- I almost enjoy it more which is another reason why the technology that delivers the birds or shark doesn’t really matter
  • The USS Indianapolis soliloquy by shaw is perfect writing and acting
  • Masterpiece