Release year: 1997
Director: James Cameron
Screenwriter: James Cameron
Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stuart, Bill Paxton, Bernard Hill, Victor Garber
Ratings: 11 Oscar: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song, Best Original Score. 3 Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Kate Winslet), Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Stuart), Best Makeup. 4 Golden Globes: Best Director, Best Original Song, Best Original Score. 4 Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress Drama (Kate Winslet), Best Actor Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actress Drama (Gloria Stuart), Best Screenplay. 2 Empire Awards: Best Film, Best British Actress (Kate Winslet).
As divers look for a rare diamond among the wreck of Titanic but instead find a drawing of a young woman wearing the diamond. The woman turns out to be 101-year old Rose (Gloria Stuart) who when she visits has the whole search team mesmerized with her recollection of her time on Titanic. Her story is not just about disaster it is also about a young love between her (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a love that defied class differences and the people against it.
James Cameron’s masterpiece from 1997 was at the time the most expensive movie ever made but also the first to ever reach the the billion-dollar mark. The money is well spent on state-of-the-art digital effects and reconstructions of the luxurios ship, but the thing that makes Titanic a modern classic is Cameron’s brillaint idea to tell the story through a love story to enhance the emotional impact of the disaster. When Rose, the girl from first class caught in an unloving engagement, meets Jack, the boy from third class who came on board on a chance, the audience finds someone to truly care for when things starts going bad. Impeccable played by Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility, 1995), who earned an Oscar nomination for her efforts, and Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, 2010), who should have had an Oscar nomination for his efforts, the movie’s love story is an indulgently sweet middle part of Cameron’s epic movie, gripping enough to almost have you forget the outcome of Titanic’s maiden voyage and leaving you devastated when you remember. A present day realistic story frames the tale of love and disaster delicatly reminding you this is based on a true event. The lead characters are off course figures of Cameron’s mind but the story is spiced with real life characters, like Margaret ‘the Unsinkable Molly’ Brown played with feist by Bates (Misery, 1990) and Captain Edward John Smith played by Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003) and generally filled with several nods to the real event adding a chilling effect to the horror of it all. There are not made many epic movies like this anymore and it is a joy that when one was made it turned out as good as this! Here, almost 20 years after its release Titanic is still magnificent, still heartbreakingly intense and still an amazing and gripping movie about one of the great tragedies of the 20th century.
Jack’s drawings were created by director James Cameron just as it is his hands we see in the scene were Jack draws Rose. As Cameron is left-handed he had to mirror-image the shots in post production to fit the right-handed Jack.
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