Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jaws turns 35! The Library has it and other blockbuster movies

The summer blockbuster film phenomenon began 35 years ago this summer with the release of the movie Jaws on June 20, 1975.  It set a new standard for the measure of box office success making over $100,000,000 in ticket sales.  The wild popularity and massive financial success of Jaws caused studios and distributors to plan their annual marketing strategy around a big release by July 4, a practice that continues today, especially with the sequel films, that began with Star Wars, and continues on  with today's release of the latest Twilight movie.

In honor of the blockbuster film as a force in American film making and popular culture, and for just plain entertainment, Library is highlighting some of these uber-popular movies in the collection.  They’re all on display at the Circulation Desk.  Stop in and have a look, or browse the collection remotely from the Library website.

For more on the making of Jaws read this article from the Christian Science Monitor

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