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  • From the creators of Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist comes a new story about a classic movie and its inspirations. A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.
    ©2018 Wondery (P)2018 Wondery
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  • Becoming Spielberg | 1 (Ad-free)

    Jun 26 2018
    In 1916 a killer shark terrorized the New Jersey shore in one of the inspirations for the movie JAWS. Cut to: Phoenix, AZ in the 1960’s, where a young Steven Spielberg is an outsider struggling to fit in. He’s ashamed of his heritage, bad at school, bad at sports, bad at everything. And then he discovers the magic of moving images on an oversized screen. It turns out he’s good at something after all.
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    19 mins
  • Breaking In | 2 (Ad-free)

    Jun 26 2018
    1916: Another vicious shark attack at the Jersey Shore. Cut to: Hollywood, 1965: Steven Spielberg hides out at Universal Studios in a toilet stall. He watches his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, at work. He fast-talks the guard at the studio gate day after day. He has an unpleasant encounter with a naked Marlon Brando – and all this while he’s still in high school. He lays it all on the line and heads west to Cal State Long Beach, where he makes a dirt-cheap, but impressive student film called Amblin that leads to a studio deal and an encounter with Joan Crawford.
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    22 mins
  • Duel | 3 (Ad-free)

    Jul 3 2018
    1916: Matawan Creek, New Jersey. This time, the shark’s victim is a child and the entire town is up in arms. Cut to: 1963: The Kennedy Assassination precipitates a frightening encounter on a dusty California mountain road – an encounter that leads to the thrilling Man vs. Big Rig fable Duel. This is Spielberg’s ticket to fame and fortune. Even if the truck doesn’t explode into a network-satisfying fireball, and even if Universal plucks choice scenes for an episode of The Incredible Hulk. The stage is set for Spielberg’s next project, based on a book by Peter Benchley and called JAWS.
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    23 mins

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Inside Look at the Classic Blockbuster Film

I really enjoy these Inside films series from Wondery. There are informative and entertaining and contain a number of insider details. This edition focuses on Jaws and begins with the young Steven Spielberg as well as the shark attack incident that helped to inspire the film. After the book became a bestseller the film rights were won by Zanuck and Brown and a young Spielberg hired to direct. The problematic shoot, the shark that wouldn't work, actor rivalries and shooting delays caused headaches for many. It was all worth it when Jaws became the highest grossing film of all time in 1975, a title it held for two years until a little film named Star Wars dethroned it. I'm looking forward to the next edition for Star Wars.