After the release of the film Jaws in 1975, targeted fishing increased dramatically, leading to a decimation of sharks along American coastlines.
In a recent interview, director Steven Spielberg apologised for the effects of his 1975 film Jaws. Since the year the film was released, targeted shark fishing has increased dramatically. A phenomenon that has led to a decimation along the American coastline.
An apology from Steven Spielberg
An interview with BBC's Desert Island Discs was an opportunity for the famous director to talk about one of his most famous films. Jaws – released in 1975 – can perhaps be regarded as the film of his professional breakthrough. But at the same time, according to him, it was a controversial film. Precisely because of the effects it generated. "I apologise to the sharks. After my film they decimated them for no reason,' he said in the interview, in which he presented his latest effort The Fabelmans.
The success of Jaws can be attributed to many reasons. Such as the suspense he managed to create, without showing the shark itself. This technique, he admitted, he learned from Alfred Hitchcock. But also memorable in the film is John Williams' music, with its string crescendos.
For Jaws, Spielberg had built a giant shark (glimpsed at the end of the film), a construction that broke down several times during filming. Thus, it was not used for many scenes. "It was lucky that the shark kept breaking. Lucky for me and the audience because it became a very scary film precisely because the shark is not seen as much," he explained.
"I really regret the decimation of sharks in the oceans because of my film."
But now Steven Spielberg's thoughts on Jaws are not on the construction of the gimmick, but on the health of the animals themselves. In fact, according to the director, his narration of sharks has led to a real extermination in the oceans. Creating significant imbalances in the ecosystems.
"One of the things that I still fear in my mind today is not being eaten by a shark, but that the sharks are somehow angry with me for the unleashed frenzy of fishermen that occurred after 1975 fits," he said.
He concluded: 'I say this with deep honesty: I regret it. I truly regret the decimation of sharks in the oceans because of my film and the book from which it is based'.
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