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Shark Attack

‘Jaws’ was boffo box office—and bad news for cinema.

Jun 21, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 38 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
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For 35 years now, Hollywood has sought above all else to stir that very feeling in the hearts of audiences. Producers, directors, writers, actors, everybody in Hollywood will happily shed most anything if they can produce even the faintest simulacrum of what Spielberg created back in 1975. Wit, sophistication, elegance, seriousness of purpose, honest sentimentality, and adult themes are all luxuries Hollywood feels it can no longer afford in its quest for the latest cinematic thrill ride.

John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.

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