Great Images From Great Movies (3) – “Jaws”


Truly great movies leave indelible marks. It may be through an emotional connection to the story. It may be through a remarkable performance or a signature scene. But it could also be through the brilliant imagery that films carves into your mind. That’s what this feature is all about – highlighting great images from great movies.

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So what are thoughts on this Spielberg classic. Is there a particular image that stands out to you?

25 thoughts on “Great Images From Great Movies (3) – “Jaws”

  1. I think my favourite of your selections is the image of Brody being confronted by Mrs Kintner. It’s the moment in the film where he really realises the gravity of the situation he’s in. The minute she speaks – you can see the guilt in his eyes. He doesn’t have to say a word. In fact, his face hardly moves, but you can feel the weight of the situation and the guilt he’s carrying. What Roy Scheider does with his eyes and minimal dialogue is incredible.

    • Great choice and you nicely sum up why it is on here. There really is a lot to that scene. He is definitely feeling guilty but it also triggers his resolve. Great, great moment.

  2. All of these are excellent choices. Of course you could stop the film at almost any point and have a classic image. Chrissy swimming across the moonlit surface of the sea, Sean Brody with his head in his hands like his dad at the dinner table, Quint snorting at all the amateurs showing up to hunt the shark, there is literally a beautiful or meaningful shot in every minute of the movie. This is a great idea for a post on this perfect movie. I’m going to add it to my list of Jaws based posts from earlier this summer right now.

  3. Looking at this series of stills highlights how great a job Spielberg did with this movie because, to be honest, the ones with the shark are the weakest shots.

    • He did amazing. There are a couple of shark shots that really stand out within the movie, but the still shots aren’t as great as some of the other amazing ones. SS was in top form.

  4. It’s a sign of a classic when even decades later the imagery are still so evocative. I think the scene of the big fish eating the man alive is tough to get out of one’s head.

  5. The reaction shots are the true genius of Jaws. It really doesn’t matter if your monster looks fake and won’t work half the time – it’s all about the human face and its reaction to the terror. That’s what unsettles.

    • Great points. The shark itself is rarely highlighted in the film in terms of visuals. It is (as you mentioned) those reaction shots.

      Thanks for the comments!

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