Jaws was not only the first true summer blockbuster, it is the greatest summer blockbuster. Say what you will about anything that followed in its wake, nothing comes close to a film that scared a nation out of the water. Jaws is the undisputed king of the summertime silver screen, and on a more personal level for us New Englandahs, it’s the perfect New England movie.
Providence’s own Jim Beller agrees with a passion. Thirty-eight years and thousands of items later – check out JawsCollector.com for a look at his impressive collection – Jim is known throughout the land as the guy for all things Amity Island. He’s also co-author of the book Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard, which details the film’s production from the perspective of the islanders who were a part of it.
Below Jim talks about falling in love with a shark, his massive collection of memorabilia and props, and the film’s connection to the area.