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Jaws was my first of Steven Spielberg films and remains one of my favourites. Suspenseful and relentless in equal measure, Spielberg’s prototypical summer blockbuster paved the way for the highly publicised, widely released summer action films we are all so familiar with now. Back in 1975 this approach was a watershed in motion picture history.
After constant setbacks as a result of the mechanical giant sharks breaking down, Spielberg employed a much more terrifying technique to infer the impending presence of the sentient killer from the deep- an unforgettable and masterfully composed piece of music created by the king of film scores John Williams. Taking his cue from Alfred Hitchcock, Spielberg revealed the monster sparingly leaving the audience to imagine something far more terrifying than a prop lurching about in the water, with a few exceptions including the final battle fought between man and beast.
Based on the book by Peter Benchley who went on to write the screenplay with Carl Gottlieb, the script features some endlessly quotable lines and Spielberg gets unforgettable performances from actors who were not hollywood mega stars. He felt that “somewhat anonymous” performers would help the audience “believe this was happening to people like you and me”. The director added that in his plans “the superstar was gonna be the shark”. Though other well known names were attached to the film, it was the trio of Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw which worked out so well. Robert Shaw’s menacing Hiroshima bomb speech stays with me still. His premature death from a heart attack just 3 years later was terrible tragedy.
Despite the fraught production, which ran over time and over budget, Jaws was an undeniable commercial success, opening with a $7 million weekend, recouping its production costs in two weeks. In just 78 days it overtook The Godfather as the highest-grossing film at the North American box office. Theatrical re-releases in 1976 and 1979 brought its total rentals to $133.4 million. The picture entered overseas release in December 1975, and its international business mirrored its domestic performance. It broke records in Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, and Mexico. By 1977, Jaws was the highest-grossing international release with worldwide rentals of $193 million, equating to about $400 million of gross revenue; it supplanted The Godfather, which had earned $145 million in rentals. Jaws was the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars, which debuted two years later. Star Wars surpassed Jaws for the U.S. record six months after its release and set a new global record in 1978.
Critical success was to follow. Jaws won three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, and Best Sound. It was also nominated for Best Picture, losing to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Despite his efforts Spielberg did not receive a nomination the Best Director Oscar that year. Along with the Oscar, John Williams’s score won the Grammy Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and the Golden Globe Award. To her Academy Award, Verna Fields added the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film.
In 2001, Jaws was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Jaws is more than worthy of a t-shirt design. The question remains why did it take us so long to publish a t-shirt design in its honour?
These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.
The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.
The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.
These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.
These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.
The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.
The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.