a seed of inspiration: Titanic (film)

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I can’t decide if I should consider this a guilty pleasure or not, but I really love the movie Titanic.

When it first came out in theaters, I was 15.  I saw it first in a theater in Phoenix over Christmas break with my cousin Lisa … and I cried and cried. I probably saw it 2 or 3 more times when it was in the theater and cried every time.

Don’t ask me why – obviously I get a little attached :)

Then it came out on video (nope, not DVD), and my parents gave it to me as an early Christmas present one weekend when some family friends were in town. I distinctly remember Miranda and I watching the movie and making fun of the whole thing. We laughed so hard!

And later in high school my church group (and I) made a Titanic-parody video …. Wish I still had a copy :)

Thus Titanic has the distinction of being one of the few movies I can enjoy both authentically and ironically.

Not sure how James Cameron would feel about that.

I’ve been loving all this 100th anniversary Titanic news lately. I’ve been loving all the excitement about the new release of the movie. I’ve been loving all the new stories surfacing about the history and the survivors.… I have vague memories of checking out Titanic library books when I was a kid – I should renew that habit.

The ship struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, and sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. So, guess what I did last Saturday afternoon? Home alone on April 14? Yup. Watched the whole movie. Again. Plus some special features (you all know I love me some DVD special features). While following @TitanicRealTime … Nerd.

I often *feel* like watching it… but it’s such a LONG movie. But the 100th anniversary of the sinking seems like a good time …

Read this lovely story about a friendship between a countess and a crewman.

Read this moving account of the Carpathia – the ship that rescued Titanic passengers.

Some beautiful Titanic photos from 1912

I watched a bunch of the special features on the DVD, and learned so much! I had never realized how much CG had been done for the movie that was SO new for 1997. Digitally created crowds and water, for example. Love it.

Man oh man, I love learning about filmmaking so much.

I am such a fan of history, I love watching movies like this just for the social history, fashion and style. The stories of the historical characters (Mr. Andrews, Captain Smith, First Officer Murdoch, Harold Bride, etc). The juxtaposition of the first class characters and steerage.

Plus, for the first big chunk of the movie, it’s *almost* an ad for this luxury ship. In one of the behind-the-scenes clips, James Cameron says, “You couldn’t appreciate the ship, you couldn’t appreciate the sinking.” So true, and such a great way to come at the movie.

They did so much research to really make the ship set as authentic as possible – even so far as figuring out WHICH stateroom Rose and her family could plausibly be in (apparently JP Morgan booked a stateroom and canceled before sailing).

The dining room was built to scale – and if you’ve ever been on a cruise you know that’s how the dining room usually feels. The full width of the ship, and just piles of opulence.

On a more serious side, watching the scene just before they hit the iceberg, showing all the crew from the boiler room on up doing all they can to slow or stop the ship, working so hard… knowing that they all die anyway. So heart breaking…..

I really loved spending my Saturday with Titanic

Don’t forget to make each day count

P.S. I also love the Titanic (1997 Original Broadway Cast) musical soundtrack. I’ve never seen the show, but the music is just lovely and so fun to sing.

P.P.S. As much as I do love this movie, I have no intention of seeing in in 3D. I hate 3D.

P.P.P.S. I think Gloria Stuart is adorable.

Watching Titanic plants a seed of inspiration to:

  • See all of Leo’s movies. I love him. So much
  • See all of Kate’s movies. I love her. So much.
  • Investigate the rest of the cast: Kathy Bates, Billy Zane, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, etc.
  • Read some books about the Titanic. It’s not STRICTLY American History, but I think I’ll add it to my American History list of books anyway. Mollie Brown, Benjamin Guggenheim and JJ Astor and all that.
  • Wallow in some dramatic-romances and ice cream. Sometimes you just need to, you know? I’m thinking movies like ‘A Very Long Engagement’ or ‘Atonement’ or similar
  • visit the Titanic memorial in Cobh, Ireland – the last port the Titanic sailed out of.
  • re-watch Downton Abbey. That whole story is set in motion by the Titanic tragedy, and I love it.
  • somehow find a job as a historian consultant on a film. What a fun job!

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  • Megan Anderson April 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm edit

    I saw the original a bunch of times in theaters as a teen too! I was totally obsessed.

  • Cate April 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm edit

    Secret: I actually really hate to watch the movie– especially as I get older, I hate watching so many people die, even though it’s not real. And I get unreasonable irksome about the door thing at the end (find HIM something to get up on too for heaven’s sake!). But weirdly, I dream about the Titanic on a regular basis, and have since the movie came out (I was in 4th grade and I didn’t actually see the movie until about 5 years ago). It’s definitely been a seed in my mind for a while, and I think for so many people who were young and impressionable when it came out.


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