Chapter 1: Panic on the 4th of July
"We entered the bicentennial year having survived some of the bitterest times in our brief history. We longed for something to draw us together again."
-- America's Bicentennial Report, 1976
"She was the first..."
The final cut of Steven Spielberg's Jaws
was unveiled to the world on the night of March 28, 1975, at the Lakewood Theater, in Long Beach, California.
It wasn't the first screening of the film; a rough cut had already been tested in Dallas -- as far away from salt water as possible, to see how the movie would play in the...
Introduction: The Boys of Summer
When he was five, Steven Spielberg was taken by his father to see The Greatest Show on Earth,
Cecil B. DeMille's movie about the circus -- except he didn't hear his father say the word "movie," only the word "circus." He'd never seen a movie before, but he knew what to expect from a circus: elephants, lions, ringmaster, clowns...After a wait in line for an hour and a half, they entered the theater, and he laid eyes on the row upon row of chairs, all folded up, in front of a blank screen, "nothing but a flat piece of white cardboard, a canvas, and I look at the canvas and suddenly a movie comes on and...