Gli agguati dello sguardo. Enunciazione della suspense in "Jaws"

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The ambushes of the gaze. Suspense statement in "Jaws"

Adriano D'Aloia

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Essential reference of the contemporary cinematographic invention, the “aquatic” shots that predict the shark's ambushes are the heart of the experience that the spectator made in 1975 and continues today to perform in front of Jaws. The film by Steven Spielberg (director), Verna Fields (editing), John Williams (music) and Bill Butler (photography) uses the visual and symbolic potential of water to great effect, involving the viewer in a terrifying immersion. For that matter, water has always given substance and substance to cinema's desires, dreams, obsessions, traumas, conscious and unconscious fears of man, transfiguring on the screen the myths and archetypes of the individual and collective imagination. This contribution, entitled The Ambushes of the Gaze. An enunciation of the suspense in Jaws and inserted in the special about 40 years of The shark edited by Andrea Minuz for the Cinergie magazine (n. 7/2015), it focuses precisely on some stylistic and formal aspects of the film, in particular on the “aquatic” shots that characterize the first half of the film and that suggest the presence of the monster and the imminence of its attack on man. The fundamental thesis is that the game of alignments and optical misalignments built around the shark's gaze and the insistent solicitation of the spectator's bodily sensitivity constitute an original strategy for the constitution of the filmic experience.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The ambushes of the gaze. Suspense statement in "Jaws"
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)74-85
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • American cinema
  • Cinema americano
  • Enunciation
  • Enunciazione
  • Jaws
  • Lo squalo
  • New Hollywood
  • Nuova Hollywood
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Suspense


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