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I think it might be impossible for me to start a conversation about Jaws without first saying, “Da-dum, Da-dum,” and then to immediately remember the pure thrill my brother would take in making that sound every time I went into the ocean that summer after I first rebelliously watched it. Also, weirdly I remember a few years later when I thought the terror had subsided but I was staying at my uncle’s house and he watched it every single day, as my fear grew with each repeated viewing… makes me wonder if he still does this.

Regardless of my personal, somewhat jaded, memories of Jaws- we all have them. It is simply one of those movies. And for the community of Martha’s Vineyard the memories are a lot more intimate and meaningful.

In the summer of 1974, a Hollywood production crew descended on Martha’s Vineyard. The community, and the face of cinema, would never be the same again. This book is a lavish 300 page full color collection of behind-the-scenes photographs, interviews and schematics which together tell the story of how a small island created one of the biggest legends in cinema history.

close your eyes…

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Included is a foreword by director Steven Spielberg, interviews with production designer Joe Alves, screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, location casting director Shari Rhodes, and more, providing an unprecedented all-access pass to the creation of some of the most memorable and terrifying scenes in film history.

This unique compendium is the first to focus on the production’s local participants, telling their stories at last.

Books on Film: Friday Flick: Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard

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