Jaws, By Steven Spielberg Essay

1416 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
At its core, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, Jaws, is a horror movie. Though the shark may seem like the primary antagonist of the film from this, as it literally eats people, such a claim would ignore the role of Amity Island’s Mayor Vaughn, as portrayed by Murray Hamilton. In the first half of the movie, Vaughn is constantly at odds with Chief Brody, wanting to push his own agenda of making money from tourism during the summer. In seeing Vaughn as another antagonist, another conflict that’s not just the one between the shark and the town emerges. In order to be able to kill the shark, Brody must first be able to “defeat” the powerful Vaughn. By looking at the acting and staging in scenes that show interactions between Brody and Vaughn, a story of its own emerges, one where the forces of morality are pushed around, but ultimately triumph over the callous, self-centered bureaucracy. The conflict between Brody and Vaughn is established fairly quickly towards the beginning of the movie. The entire scene is mainly composed of one longer shot, from 11:48 to 13:32, bookended by some shorter ones, where Vaughn and two other prominent townsfolk try to convince Brody not to close the beaches. The shot begins with Brody standing on a water transport in a three-quarter shot as he smokes a cigarette on the left side of the frame. He moves to the right side of the frame and throws the butt into the water, all the while the camera pans to follow his movement. During this, the car with…

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