Its easy to be surprised when the favourite film of a famous celebrity or historical figure is revealed. For example, whod have thunk it that Elvis Presley was a huge Monty Python fan. An old VHS cassette of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was reportedly one of his most prised possessions at Graceland. Equally weird, its alleged that Adolf Hitler was swept away by the magic of Walt Disneys Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Perhaps weirdest of all, is that Fidel Castro loved the films of Steven Spielberg, with Jaws in particular being one of his favourite films.
His reasons for enjoying Jaws are a little different to what you might expect. You see Castro wasnt particularly big on Spielbergs masterful direction, or its perfect cast, the iconic score, or even the fact that theres a giant shark eating people. Nope, Castro considered Jaws a masterpiece of Marxist propaganda - concluding that the Shark is attacking the excesses of American culture and capitalism. Theres been so many interpretations of Jaws over the years (critic Mark Kermode famously refers to it as a film about infidelity) so Castros take is as welcome as any. Providing youre not already happy with it being about a giant shark.
Jaws is re-released in selected cinemas today. You can read our re-release review here; Jaws Review: The Inaugural Blockbuster Remains A Classic
Cult horror enthusiast and obsessive videogame fanatic. Stephen considers Jaws to be the single greatest film of all-time and is still pining over the demise of Sega's Dreamcast. As well regularly writing articles for WhatCulture, Stephen also contributes reviews and features to Ginx TV.See more from Stephen