I watched a really great documentary over the weekend. Inside Jaws is free on Vimeo, but I’ll warn you that the only people who will enjoy it are really, really big fans of the movie. I’m a huge Jaws fan and even I thought it started to drag midway through (it’s about 2 1/2 hours long). But I did learn some facts about the production that I didn’t know and really enjoyed listening to the old audio clips from Spielberg and members of the cast.
If you’re a Jaws fan you’ll probably remember the scene towards the beginning of the movie where Chief Brody is sitting at home, flipping through some books about sharks and become increasingly worried. I’ve always really liked that scene because I would approach that situation in the exact same way: If something interests/worries me, I grab a bunch of books on the subject and get reading. And I’ve always been curious about what books he’s actually looking at in that scene. Luckily, Inside Jaws answered my question. As it turns out, in addition to the February 1968 issue of National Geographic, Chief Brody also flips through several books on sharks and marine life, and here they are in no particular order:
Sharks & Rays
by Spencer Wilkie Tinker
Danger in the Sea
The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea
Sportfishing for Sharks
About Sharks and Shark Attack
David H. Davies
Dangerous Marine Animals
Bruce W. Halstead
This is very nerdy information, I realize, but I have no doubt that someone else out there has always wanted to know what books Chief Brody looked at as he came to terms with the fact that a hungry shark was swimming around the beaches of Amity Island. If you’re a big fan of the movie I highly recommend reading the book The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb. Oddly enough, I didn’t really enjoy reading Peter Benchley’s Jaws, making this one of the few instances that I’d say the movie is better than the book.