Image from Jaws (1975)
Excerpt from Moview Reviews: Jaws (1975) for BBC.com Reviewed by Almar Haflidason
What is perhaps most surprising about "Jaws" is the lack of screen time given to the ferocious shark. Rather than fill the modestly budgeted film with gratuitous effects, Spielberg relies on other tools to build tension and atmosphere. This includes a fearless use of long shots (not popular in Hollywood) which helps convey both isolation for the victims and endows the shark with seemingly god-like hunting powers. And then there's the soundtrack.
If ever there was an important example for how music can enhance a film it is "Jaws". John Williams' memorable score is used sparingly but its tone of impending terror is more responsible for the power of the film than the sightings of the beast itself.
Link to full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2000/07/14/jaws_review.shtml
Link to image source: Where are all the other great shark movies? by Joe Queenan, The Guardian,
Thursday 8 July 2010 <http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jul/08/why-no-new-jaws>