Jaws: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

  • Wieland Schwanebeck


This chapter focuses on the Hitchcockian legacy and takes its cue from the historical coincidence of Hitchcock overseeing his final picture at Universal Studios (Family Plot, 1976) just as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) took the American box office by storm and heralded a new era in the history of American cinema. This moment has often been viewed as a change of guard in the history of film, with some going so far as to claim that Hitchcock himself could easily have ended up in the director’s chair for Jaws. The chapter addresses some of these myths yet also delivers an assessment of Hitchcock’s actual influence on Jaws, revealing some surprising links between Spielberg’s groundbreaking monster movie and Hitchcock’s British oeuvre.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wieland Schwanebeck
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  1. 1.Technische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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