The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, July 1-7

07/01/2015 8:00 AM |


Jaws (1975)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Novelist Peter Benchley coadapted his anti-beach-read into the ultimate blockbuster entertainment; in hindsight, of course the film that spawned the summer-tentpole industry would’ve been about how you could die from going outside when the weather’s nice. Spielberg brought in other writers to streamline Benchley’s drafts, cutting out the class consciousness, the infidelity, the Long Island political corruption and the tension between townies and summer folk; instead, Spielberg fashioned an early slasher, more frightening for its natural menace, the rogue Great White terrorizing Martha’s Vineyard near the Fourth of July, hunted by men foolhardy enough to do so—that is, Spielberg reduced Jaws to a fight at sea between animal and man, which is as old as American literature itself. Henry Stewart (Jul 4, 5, 11:25am at the Nitehawk)