elements, and that the characters have verylittle depth to them. "If you are what youeat, then one of the sharks in "Jaws" is abeer can, half a mackerel and a Louisianalicense plate. Another is a pretty youngwoman, a cylinder of oxygen, a small boy,a scout master and still more. The othercharacters in the film are nowhere nearlyso fully packed." He did however alsocomplement Spielbergs directing if inquite a backhanded manner. "It has beencleverly directed by Steven Spielberg("Sugarland Express") for maximumshock impact and short-term suspense, andthe special effects are so good that eventhe mechanical sharks are as convincing as the people." (Canby, 1975)
(1975) Steven Spielberg
As well as those who looked at the film as a box office hit and the skills of Spielberg as a director there where some academics who took a very in depth look into the film and all the ideological meaning behind it. In the 1970's there was apolitical scandal known as "The Watergate scandal". The scandal occurred in theUnited States as a result of the June 1972 break-in at the Democratic NationalCommittee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington and theNixon administration's attempted cover-up of it's involvement.
is a film that hasreceived a lot of attention from academic critics one of them being Stephen Heathwho related
idealic meanings to the Watergate scandal. He made the connectionthrough the way in which way the town's mayor tries to hush up a politically harmfulrevelation, the shark attacks, that may jeopardise tourism.
is a Watergate film:Mayor Larry Vaughan of Amity, Long Island, serves his electors by hushing up ashark attack; the white male middle-class - not a single black and very quickly, not asingle woman in the film (Heath, Stephen 1976). This is a very in depth look on thefilm and it dives into the more complex issues that can be found in the ideology of thefilm. There were others who also connected the film to the Watergate scandal such asAndrew Britton and Peter Biskind.