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The Studios after the StudiosNeoclassical Hollywood (1970-2010)$
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J. D. Connor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804790772

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804790772.001.0001

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The Literal and the Littoral

The Literal and the Littoral

Jaws

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(p.51) 2 The Literal and the Littoral
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The Studios after the Studios
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J. D. Connor

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804790772.003.0003

Everyone knows Jaws invented the blockbuster. Because of marketing? The story? Some connection to our primal fears? Half of the audience saw Jaws as a knowing throwback to the cheesy monster movies of old; the other half just saw it as a monster movie. That split audience—one sophisticated, one not—would be the key to the studio renaissance. Jaws isn’t yet the story of its studio, but it is the story that teaches the audience how to look out for what lies beneath.

Keywords:   Jaws (film), allegory, Steven Spielberg

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