New Filmumentary Goes Behind the Scenes and ‘Inside Jaws’

By June 17, 2013

Not into the current lineup of summer blockbusters? Why not take in a free documentary about the film that gave life to the term?

Jamie Benning’s Inside Jaws goes behind the scenes of the Steven Spielberg-directed classic. With a two-and-a-half hour runtime, the filmumentary (made up of rare interviews, photos, BTS footage, and much more) will please even those that have already devoured the extras on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws. 

Released in 1975, Jaws earned critical acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. The Oscar-nominated hit was followed by the moderately successful Jaws 2 (1978), Jaws 3D (1978) and Jaws: The Revenge (1987).

Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first documentary on the thriller.

In 1997, the hour-long In the Teeth of Jaws aired on BBC and chronicled the making of the film. Erik Hollander’s 2008 film The Shark is Still Working delves into the impact the film has had on cinema. That movie was developed over a sever-year period and is narrated by original Jaws star Roy Scheider.

Jamie Benning seems to have a talent for directing movies about movies. Last year marked the release of the excellent Raiding the Lost Ark, a film that offers a fascinating foray into the first Indiana Jones installment. In 2011, his trilogy on the making of Stars Wars debuted. Star Wars Begins, Building Empire and Returning to Jedi combines over 30 years’ worth of archival footage on how the iconic films were crafted.

Sit back, make sure you have a big enough boat, and check out Inside Jaws below:

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Justine Browning
Justine is a film and culture reporter whose work has appeared in USA Today, Indie Wire and The Huffington Post. She currently serves as an on-camera correspondent for MovieWeb and Cine Movie TV.