Episode 106


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water this summer season, the cultural and societal behemoth that is Jaws finally makes an appearance in the waters around Verbal Diorama. But, don't worry, it's probably just a boat propeller killing all these random victims. Certainly not a huge 25ft long shark. Nope. No sharks in these parts.

Jaws has a rather famously tumultuous production, running over budget on time and cost, as well as those pesky mechanical sharks really not behaving as they should. Who'd have thought that sea water could mess up pneumatic hoses and neoprene foam?

Steven Spielberg's sophomore directorial feature remains one of cinema's greatest and most enduring classics. It's even more remarkable when you know the full story behind the production, marketing and release which cemented Jaws as the first summer blockbuster, and changed the face of how Hollywood movies were released.

Sharks would continue to be feared and vilified due to the reputation placed on them for Jaws, and not just because Bruce kept playing up. Statistically though, we're more of a threat to them, than they are to us.

You'd think Spielberg would learn about the pitfalls of working with animatronic creatures, but clearly he still made Jurassic Park almost 20 years later.....

I would love to hear your thoughts on Jaws!



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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.